This Is How Much Weight You Need To Lose In Order For People To Find You More Attractive, According To Science

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DISCLAIMER: You could go from weighing 500 lbs. to 12 lbs., but if you’ve got the face of a beaver and an antelope mushed together that weight loss ain’t gonna be helping you much.


According to researchers at the University of Toronto, men and women of average height need to lose about 18 lbs. and 14 lbs. (respectively) in order to make themselves appear more attractive. In order for someone to see a weight difference in your face, men and women need to lose about 8-9 lbs. for anyone to see a change. As for why the numbers vary, Nicholas Rule of the University of Toronto says it’s because one gender is more sensitive to weight gains/losses than the other:

‘The difference between the groups suggests women’s facial attractiveness may be more sensitive to changes in weight,’ said Rule.

‘This just means women attempting to lose weight need to shed slightly fewer pounds than men for people to find them more attractive.’

‘When it comes to incentives for weight loss, some people are more motivated to look attractive than to improve their health.’(via)

As for how Rule and his team came to the aforementioned conclusions, Metro states that they digitally edited photographs of volunteers between the ages of 20 and 40 to see at what weight loss/gain people would find them unattractive.

In other words, if you’re at a perfectly healthy BMI right now and are still fug…sorry guys, but losing that weight ain’t gonna fix it.

[H/T Metro]

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