When I read the article, I didn't know if I wanted to blog about it. And of course, now that I've decided I DO want to blog about it, I can't find the dumb article. Boo.
However, I did find a more scientific article referencing the same study - hooray! Good news, because I wanted to recap the basics of the study for you to chew on. Bad news, because the study is very dense ... so, read at your own risk.
Anyway, don't mind me while I cut straight to the chase ...
What body weights women thought were most attractive, averaged:
What body weights men thought was most attractive, averaged:
Before I go into the science, notice anything? Aside from the fact that the bodies are very similar on both sides of the study...
It's very subtle...
It has to do with breasts...
Ok, give up? I have to point it out because this kills me - the women actually said bigger breasts are more attractive! LOL! Check it out in a side by side comparison (women's choices are A&B):
Yep, women are more into boobs then men are. Hmm...
Anyway, the bare bones facts behind the study are as follows.
- Both men and women felt that men were most attractive at an average BMI of: 25+/-
- Both men and women felt that women were most attractive at an average BMI of: 18+/-
Going back to the basics of the BMI scale, which you may already know: a "healthy" weight range falls between 18 - 25. Anything under 18 is deemed underweight. Anything over 25 is deemed overweight, with the obese factor kicking in at 30+.
So, what does this mean in terms of the study?
Referencing the two bullet points above:
- Women are most attractive at a BMI of 18, or just slightly above the "underweight" cut off
- Men are most attractive at a BMI of 25, or just at/slightly above the "overweight" cut off
I definitely have some thoughts on this... but I'm curious. What do YOU have to say about it? Comment below.