How Much Weight Loss Makes You More Attractive?
Ask anyone losing weight and they’ll tell you that they’re doing it to be healthier and to feel better. But, of course, that's only part of the story. They also want to look more attractive.
But how much of a weight loss will make a difference?
A new report, published in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science, suggests an answer based on how people responded to images of faces that were manipulated to suggest a weight change.
The researchers specifically investigated facial adiposity, which is the perception of weight in the face, because it accurately indicates a person's body mass index (BMI).
They created a collection of digital photos. Each of the photos contained subjects with neutral expressions, hair pulled back and no facial ornamentation.
After alterations to create a range of images that included gradually increasing weights, the researchers asked participants in the study to compare randomly drawn pairs of faces and to select the one that appeared heavier to them. Then they were asked to select which photo made the person look most attractive.
The results? Men and women of average height needed to lose roughly eight or nine pounds for people to notice a change in their faces. But in order for people to find them more attractive, the weight loss totals were definitely higher--about 14 pounds for women and a little more than 18 pounds for men.