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Judging the differences between women’s attractiveness and health: is there really a difference between judgments made by men and women?

Stephen, I. D. and Perera, A. T.-m. (2014) Judging the differences between women’s attractiveness and health: is there really a difference between judgments made by men and women? Body Image, 11 (2). pp. 183-186. ISSN 1740-1445

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.11.007

Abstract/Summary

Perceived weight in the face and body size have been shown to be significant predictors of both attractiveness and health. Studies looking at the relationship between attractiveness, perceived health, and perceived weight in faces have found that individuals prefer a lower weight for attractiveness than for apparent health. Here, a group of twenty-four Asian participants were allowed to manipulate the apparent body mass indices (BMIs) of full-length photographs of young Malaysian Chinese women to enhance their perceived healthiness and attractiveness. Results showed that both men and women differentiated between attractiveness and health by preferring a lower BMI for attractiveness than health, suggesting a consistency in the preferred ideal BMI for attractiveness and healthy appearance across both sexes. Results also suggested that BMI provides important cues to judgments of attractive and healthy appearance.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
University of Reading Malaysia
ID Code:69621
Publisher:Elsevier

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