A critical test of the waist-to-hip ratio hypothesis of women's physical attractiveness in Britain and Greece

Swami, V. and Antonakopoulos, N. and Tovee, M. J. and Furnham, A. (2006) A critical test of the waist-to-hip ratio hypothesis of women's physical attractiveness in Britain and Greece. Sex Roles, 54 (3-4). pp. 201-211. ISSN 0360-0025

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Abstract

Body mass index (BMI) and body shape as measured by the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) have been reported to be the major cues to women's bodily attractiveness. The relative importance of each of these cues was examined cross-culturally in two distinct countries, Greece and Britain. Fifty Britons, 25 British-Greeks, and 25 participants in Greece were asked to rate a set of images of real women with known BMI and WHR. The results showed that, regardless of the cultural setting, BMI is the primary determinant of women's physical attractiveness, whereas WHR emerged as a significant predictor for the Greek groups but not the British group. This finding is discussed in terms of the different gender roles occupied by Britons and Greeks. The discussion critically evaluates evolutionary psychological and sociocultural explanations of preferences for body weight.

Keywords:physical attractiveness, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, gender roles
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:24464
Deposited On:07 Aug 2017 14:30

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