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

@article{Tovee2000TheEO,
  title={The estimation of body mass index and physical attractiveness is dependent on the observer's own body mass index.},
  author={Martin J. Tovee and Joanne L Emery and Esther M. Cohen-tov{\'e}e},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={267 1456},
  pages={
          1987-97
        }
}
A disturbance in the evaluation of personal body mass and shape is a key feature of both anorexia and bulimia nervosa. However, it is uncertain whether overestimation is a causal factor in the development of these eating disorders or is merely a secondary effect of having a low body mass. Moreover, does this overestimation extend to the perception of other people's bodies? Since body mass is an important factor in the perception of physical attractiveness, we wanted to determine whether this… CONTINUE READING

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