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Big and beautiful: attractiveness and health ratings of the female body by male "fat admirers"

Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian (2009) Big and beautiful: attractiveness and health ratings of the female body by male "fat admirers". Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38 (2). pp. 201-208. ISSN 0004-0002

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10508-007-9200-5

Abstract

This study examined the body weight and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) preferences of “fat admirers” (FAs), that is, individuals who are sexually attracted to heavier partners. Fifty-six heterosexual men involved in the FA community rated a series of line drawings that varied in three levels of body weight and six of WHR for physical attractiveness and health. The results showed significant main effects of body weight and WHR, as well as a significant body weight × WHR interaction for both health ratings. In general, there was a preference for heavyweight figures and high WHRs for ratings of attractiveness and normal-weight figures and mid-ranging WHRs for ratings of health. Limitations of the study and explanations for fat admiration are discussed.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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