Study: How Body Image Impacts Dating

Popular Indian dating app QuackQuack has revealed the results of a new study looking at body image and weight issues.

33% of respondents between the age of 20 and 25 felt that there was an overbearing need to look their best at all times, the survey found. 

28% of male respondents over 28 years old report that they have faced multiple rejections from potential partners due to their weight. Meanwhile, 31% of women between 25 and 30 share that they have faced difficulties finding someone who will accept them and their weight.

While 21% of respondents between 23 and 26 years old admitted to preferring a partner “on the fitter side”, 45% of female users over the age of 28 reported that weight is insignificant when compared to the importance of personality and values.

Dating apps may provide a kinder alternative for overweight people, when compared to traditional dating. 28% of those who found success on online dating, between the ages of 26 and 28, shared that meeting someone online allows users to build connections before meeting in person. 

This means that overweight people can discuss the issue in-depth, seeing each other’s views on the topic before meeting in person. 

QuackQuack’s Founder and CEO, Ravi Mittal, spoke on the issue saying “Our app sees approximately 24 million chats per month, and we notice our users discussing fitness-related matters more than obesity, possibly stemming from the stigma around being overweight. Our app, trusted by 20 million users, is trying to evolve in manners that make our users feel more comfortable in their own skin.”