Skip to comments.Faces and fortunes: What makes women attractive depends on how healthy the place they live is
Posted on 04/30/2014 11:44:50 AM PDT by Gamecock
THAT health and beauty are linked is not in doubt. But it comes as something of a surprise that who is perceived as beautiful depends not only on the health of the person in question but also on the average level of health in the place where she lives. This, though, is the conclusion of a study just published in Biology Letters by Urszula Marcinkowska of the University of Turku, in Finland, and her colleaguesfor Ms Marcinkowska has found that men in healthy countries think women with the most feminine faces are the prettiest whilst those in unhealthy places prefer more masculine-looking ones.
Ms Marcinkowska came to this conclusion by showing nearly 2,000 men from 28 countries various versions of the same female faces, modified to look less or more feminine, and thus reflect the effects of different levels of oestrogen and testosterone. Oestrogen promotes features, such as large eyes and full lips, that are characteristically feminine. Testosterone promotes masculine features, such as wide faces and strong chins.
As the chart shows, the correlation is remarkableand statistical analysis shows it is unconnected with a countrys wealth or its ratio of men to women and thus the amount of choice available to men. The cause, though, is unclear.
Previous studies have shown that women with feminine features are more fertile. A mans preference for them is thus likely to enhance his reproductive success. Ms Marcinkowska speculates that testosterone-induced behavioural characteristics like dominance, which might be expected to correlate with masculine-looking faces even in women (they certainly do in men), help in the competition for resources needed to sustain children once they are born. But why that should be particularly important in an unhealthy country is unclear.
Somehow this is a pitch for 0bamacare.
Exclude 5 countries and there is not much there there.
Japan? I guess this poll was not taken around Fukishima.
I hope this is not some study paid for by US taxpayers.
This thread is useless without pictures.
“Oestrogen promotes features such as large eyes.”
I have never heard of this or that large eyes are feminine.
You don’t like bug eyes?
In before the hoochie-mama photos that men can’t resist posting.
Proportionately it is true. Hence why women put on eyeliner - make it look bigger.
“Doe-eyed” doesn’t ring a bell?
OK, you asked for it...
I’ve been in Nepal, and I saw a lot of attractive women there.
i want to post a pic or two, but i do not know how...
Britain and Singapore have a healthier index? Color me suspicious.
Sir, you have just caused me to lust.
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