Perceptions of Health and Attractiveness: The Effects of Body Fat, Muscularity, Gender, and Ethnicity
appearance, body image, body shape, ethnicity, gender
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Three hundred and thirty-three participants rated the health and attractiveness of schematic figures varying in muscularity, adiposity, gender, and race. In general, overweight and underweight figures were rated as less healthy and attractive. However, overweight figures with high levels of muscularity were rated more highly on these dimensions than figures with less muscularity. Females assigned higher attractiveness ratings than males; African Americans provided higher ratings than Caucasians and Hispanics for female figures and lower ratings than Caucasian and Hispanic raters for male figures. Theoretical explanations and applied implications are offered.
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Journal of Health Psychology, v. 15, issue 7, p. 1039-1048
Scholar Commons Citation
Yanover, Tovah and Thompson, Joel Kevin, "Perceptions of Health and Attractiveness: The Effects of Body Fat, Muscularity, Gender, and Ethnicity" (2010). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2233.