If the concept of a ‘revenge body’ is to be believed then society deems our weight as a direct correlation to our power and attractiveness, or so the Kardashian sisters would have us believe. Don’t worry if your ex didn’t show you the love or affection you deserved, hitting the gym and sculpting is sure to teach them a lesson!
Now I am not confessing that this is a sane and logical idea, but it did trigger a question in my mind; how much weight would you even need to lose for people to notice, let alone find you more attractive?
Obviously I turned to Google with my abstract question and surprisingly I received a very scientific answer. Associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Cognition at the University of Toronto, Nicholas Rule, recently discovered that women would have to lose around 14 pounds before other people would find them more attractive, while for men it was 18 pounds.
Let me give you some context; a team of researchers put together a collection of photos featuring both men and women’s faces, with neutral expressions and no jewellery. The photos were digitally edited to create a series of images where the participants faces gradually increased in weight. Participants were then asked to rate the faces in order of attractiveness.
The participants found the pictures of the women’s faces the most attractive when they were around 14 lbs lighter than their normal weight, whereas the pictures of the men’s faces seemed more attractive after 18 lbs. This suggests that women’s facial attractiveness is more sensitive to weight loss/gain. So there you have it, if you are a woman, you need to lose around 14 pounds for people to consider you more attractive, whereas men need to lose even more.
Having minimal body fat isn’t easy, so celebrities give themselves an advantage. Of course, they look after their bodies and show it love by exercising, eating well and enjoying your life! But celebrities don’t tell you their main secret of how they really lose the weight!
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