Predicting female attractiveness: a second look at thinness and waist-to-hip ratio

Authors: DeSoto, M. Catherine; Kopp, Katie J.

Source: Psychology, Evolution & Gender, Volume 5, Number 2, August 2003 , pp. 83-88(6)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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The idea that a 0.7 WHR is preferred was challenged by Puhl and Boland (2001). Their study found that a model with a 0.86 WHR was rated as more attractive than a model with a 0.7 WHR. This study examined the stimuli used by Puhl and Boland for the extent to which the photographs used portray the actual true shape differential of the models.

Keywords: body weight; photographic stimuli; physical attractiveness; theory of evolution; waist-to-hip

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls IA USA

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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