in the article An Evolutionary Theory of Female Physical Attractiveness, types of Waist-to-Hip Ration (WHR) of females was rated in terms of Attractiveness, Healthiness, Likelihood of Marriage, and Youthfulness by menvarious races and different cultures (White American, African American, African, Azorean (Azore Islands), Indonesian). WHR, despite seeming a rather shallow marker of beauty, is actually an indicator of healthiness in women:
Surprisingly, despite differences in race and culture, there was an almost consensus of what constitutes physical attractiveness in females. Women in the 0.7 WHR range were judged to be the most attractive to men across race and culture. While there are marked differences (African American men overall prefer women with larger bottoms, White Americans prefer women with less lateral fat on the thighs and smaller bottoms, Mexican Americans prefer women with narrow waists (Roberts, 2005), etc.), the 0.7 WHR remains the most ideal throughout.
This does not mean attractiveness is based solely on body weight and WHR. Actually, the majority of physical attractiveness is found in facial features (large eyes, full lips, small chin, etc. are accepted markers of beauty in most Western societies), and even then it could differ from individual to individual.
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