- There’s good news for anyone who wants to appear more appealing — science has found how much weight men and women need to gain or lose for someone to find him or her attractive.
For men, it’s 18.1 pounds, where as for women, it’s 13.9 pounds, according to Medical News Today.
To find this, researchers looked at the facial adiposity — the perception of one’s weight through their face, which can be an indicator of one’s body mass index, according to Medical News Today. Using a collection of digital photos of faces, specifically of men and women from 20 to 40 years old, the study asked participants to compare random faces and choose which one appeared heavier.
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After finding that people notice a change in a person’s weight after a loss or gain of 2.93 pounds, the researchers looked into how attracted participants felt about faces based on changes of their facial adiposity, Medical News Today reported. They found that women who had a facial decrease of 5.24 pounds and men who had a facial decrease of 5.7 pounds (about 13.9 pounds and 18.1 pounds overall, respectively) were perceived as more attractive.