Assessing the relationship between gender, BMI and notion of ‘attractiveness’, a new study finds that weight is intrinsically linked to attractiveness and women are the harshest judges and most harshly judged. The findings showed that females perceive men and women with higher body mass index (BMI) as less attractive and judge other women harshly about weight in relation to beauty. Conversely, men do not judge another man with a higher weight negatively, but still see overweight women as less attractive.
“This is the first study that looks at the relationship between BMI and attractiveness, from both gender’s perspective” explained Sonia Oreffice, professor at University of Surrey in Britain. Further, the anthropometric attributes — physical measures of a person’s size, form, and functional capacities, play a significant role in wage regressions in addition to attractiveness, showing that body size cannot be dismissed as a simple component of beauty.