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Facial fat and facial shape is connected to good health along with physical appeal. Some researchers from the University of Toronto wanted to know how much weight an average man or woman need to shed before appearing as a beautiful woman or handsome man.
Facial fat is considered an excellent warning of wellness, and now professionals can see that average ladies have to eliminate pounds from their faces to become less unattractive. But for males, they must drop 18 lbs to appear attractive.
Women and men who are average in height need to drop eight or nine pounds and if they need to gain then they have to gain three to four kilograms. But if they want others to find them attractive, then they need to shed about twice than the average. According to associate professor, Dr Nicholas Rule,
Enlarged facial fat is linked with poor cardiovascular function, poor immune system and mortality.
Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder (and somehow depends on the observer’s eye), a vast research shows that there are universal standards of good looks – the standards that show if someone is healthy or not.
Aside from evaluating attractiveness, researchers discovered facial fat could be used as a quick way to assess how unhealthy a person becomes depending on how much weight they carry on their face.
So, to pinpoint the exact amount of weight a person would have to lose before someone else finds them more attractive and/or healthier, Rule and his team created a photo collection of both men’s and women’s faces. All were between 20 and 40 years old. Participants were asked to maintain a neutral facial expression with no piercings or other jewelry on, and if they had long hair, they were asked to pull it back.
Next, researchers edited the photos so each face had a number of photos showing a range of weights. Participants were asked to randomly draw two photos from a pile and label which one they thought looked heavier. They were then asked which photo they found more attractive. The weights in the photos were also labeled using body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. The numbers were calculated and placed into BMI categories ranging from underweight (less than 18.5) to obese (30 or greater).
After several rounds of comparing photos, researchers found there needed to be at least a 0.89 change in BMI for someone to see a difference in weight. But in order to alter a person’s perception of attractiveness, BMI had to change nearly twice as much. Men needed an average decrease of 1.74 in their BMI to appear more attractive, while women needed an average drop of 1.59 in their BMI. This translated to a drop of roughly 14 pounds in women and 18 pounds in men who were average height.The researchers based their recommendations on BMI rather than on pounds because they wanted the study’s results to be applicable to people of all weights and heights.
The difference between the groups suggests that, women’s facial attractiveness may be more sensitive to changes in weight. This just means women attempting to lose weight need to shed slightly fewer pounds than men for people to find them more attractive,” Rule concluded.
In some cases, however, weight loss or being healthier isn’t an incentive for a person to lose weight. Sometimes, they just want to lose weight to appear more attractive to a potential partner, or for the sake of their own self-esteem. Consequently, improved health merely becomes a bonus to weight loss.