Optimum body-mass index and maximum sexual attractiveness

@article{Tove1998OptimumBI,
  title={Optimum body-mass index and maximum sexual attractiveness},
  author={MJ Tov{\'e}e and Simon Magavern Reinhardt and J L Emery and PL Cornelissen},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1998},
  volume={352}
}

Visual cues to female physical attractiveness

Evidence is presented that weight scaled for height (the body mass index (BMI) is the primary determinant of sexual attractiveness rather than WHR and how visual cues, such as the perimeter–area ratio (PAR), can provide an accurate and reliable index of an individual's BMI.

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Bodily Attractiveness as a Window to Women’s Fertility and Reproductive Value

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Beyond waist-hip ratio: experimental multivariate evidence that average women's torsos are most attractive

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Female mate value at a glance: relationship of waist-to-hip ratio to health, fecundity and attractiveness.

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Body Mass Index and Waist: Hip Ratio are Not Enough to Characterise Female Attractiveness

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The estimation of body mass index and physical attractiveness is dependent on the observer's own body mass index

A significant perceptual overestimation of BMI is suggested that is based on the observer's own BMI and not correlated with cognitive factors, and suggests that this overestimation in eating–disordered patients must be addressed directly in treatment regimes.
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