I recently ran across a study that caught my attention. While far from scientific, it was intriguing nonetheless.
The online magazine FHM surveyed 60,000 men. The men’s mag found that when shown pictures of three women in teeny bikinis, 4 out of 5 men said they were more attracted to the size 12 and size 14 women than the gal who was a slimmer size 8. The majority of votes went to the size 12 woman, with 41% saying that she had the body shape of their “ideal girlfriend”. Nearly as many men voted for the size 14 model. “A piddling 20% of readers selected our size 8 model pictured as their ideal girl-physique,” wrote FHM editor Ben Smithurst.
Did you assume guys would be attracted to the thinnest of the three? That’s what many ads and fashion magazines would lead us to believe– but not this time.
The Bottom Line?
There is more to being healthy than being thin. There is more to attraction than can be measured with a scale.
Regardless, no matter if you’re a size 2 or 20, seems as though women will forever ponder the question: “what exactly is the ‘perfect’ weight?”
The answer? It depends who you ask. What I can tell you is the average American woman is 5′4″ and 140-150 lbs– just about that size 12-14 the fellas in FHM’s survey were so excited about. Ideal? Those digits teeter on the top of the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale I’ll soon discuss.
Everyone seems to want to set the example, give an opinion or become a poster girl for the perfect figure, but the right size for the right height comes down to two things: love and numbers.
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