Healthy body equals beautiful body? Changing perceptions of health and attractiveness with shifting socioeconomic status

Tovee, M. J. and Furnham, A. and Swami, V. (2007) Healthy body equals beautiful body? Changing perceptions of health and attractiveness with shifting socioeconomic status. In: The body beautiful: evolutionary and sociocultural perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 108-128. ISBN 9780230521865

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There has been considerable debate over the utility of the possible visual cues used to judge human physical attractiveness and their evolutionary origins. In theory, of course, the human body can (and should) be considered as more than just the sum of its various components (see Johnson & Tassinary, Chapter 9), but for reasons of brevity and simplicity, academic debate has tended to centre on one particular body measurement, the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). This almost exclusive focus on the WHR can be traced back to a series of papers published in the early 1990s by Devendra Singh, in which he argued that the WHR was the key component to understanding a woman’s physical attractiveness

Keywords:Body Mass Index, Waist Hip Ratio, Cross-cultural, physical attractiveness, beauty
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:28075
Deposited On:07 Aug 2017 14:08

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