It’s the age-old question: curvy or skinny, what do men prefer?
Marilyn Monroe was a size 16 and counted as one of the sexiest women in the world.
Attraction is all down to ancient animal instincts. Biological indicators tell us that skinny women are less fertile than curvy ones.
Dividing the circumference of a woman’s waist by that of her hips will give you her waist-hip ratio. In Western cultures, a waist-hip ratio of 0.7 appears to be the one that men find most appealing on a woman.
Given that women’s bodies were originally designed to carry a developing child over a relatively long period compared to other species, women are natural fat storers. Back when our ancestors lived in caves and food was scarce, a woman with some meat on her bones was more likely to be able to carry a child to term.
A certain level of healthy fat sends a signal to men that a woman is a good choice as a mate. Recent research suggests that body mass index (BMI) is a strong predictor of a woman’s level of attractiveness. A BMI that falls into a normal range is most desirable.
In one of the least shocking discoveries of the 21st century, it turns out there’s a biological reason why leering boob men are alive and well in the world today.
In 2004, a study published in Biological Sciences found that large breasts, were associated with higher levels of mid-cycle estradiol and progesterone in women making conception easier. A woman with some fat on her body is therefore more appealing from a mating perspective to men. Unless they’re implants, it’s rare for skinny women to have large breasts.
While some guys indulge the bulge, others are thoroughly turned on by the supermodel physique.
This breadth of tastes is what allows humanity to thrive as if only the generically ‘beautiful’ got laid; the human race would die out. Men are much more visually driven than women. That’s just a fact.
Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom has engineered it so that women with boobs and hips will always be in biological favour and men are nothing if not driven by nature’s viagra.
Men like women who take care of themselves and look healthy so girls stop dieting to a size zero and get healthy. Then you’ll be irresistible.
Article originally appeared in An Focal Issue XX5 November 2 2011