Friday, 12 Jun, 2009 Offbeat
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Men Prefer Women With Average Body Shape

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A study that involved the comparison of body shapes of different women, including those who appeared in Playboy, professional escorts and ordinary women, showed that most men prefer women with an average body shape.

Together with his team at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Rob Brooks found that the popular idea that the waist-hip ratio of 0.7 is the best-looking can only be true in case the rest of the body is average.

"The orthodoxy says that you will be attractive with a certain waist-hip ratio no matter how the rest of your body varies. Our study shows this is not the case," says Brooks. The researchers asked 100 male students to evaluate the beauty of 201 line drawings of female torsos. Each drawing had different hip, waist and shoulder measurements.

Most male students rated women with a waist-hip ratio of 0.7 as the most attractive, but only in case their waist, hips and shoulders had an average size, reports New Scientist.

When men were asked to select the most attractive ladies among real women, including Playboy centerfolds, professional escorts advertising on the Internet and average women aged between 25 and 44, they rated the latter as the ones with the most preferred body shape.

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