More than a few women have undergone breast augmentation, liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures in hopes of looking more like a men’s-magazine ideal. However, a new Australian study shows that guys prefer the “before” body more than the “after.”
One hundred male college students were asked to rate the attractiveness of 200 line drawings that represented female torsos of varying hip, waist and shoulder measurements. As predicted, men preferred a waist-to-hip ratio that has long been seen as the universal preference, 0.7-but it’s not that simple. The men favored this ratio only when the drawings featured average-sized waist, hips and shoulders.
The study found that the drawings seen as ideal, when equated to actual women, matched up closest with average women between 25 and 44-not the Playboy models that were part of the comparison.
If you’re considering plastic surgery to look more like a centerfold, take a step back and look at your motivations. Not only do men prefer a regular female physique, but it’s unwise to undergo surgery to please anyone but yourself. If you still want surgery, discuss how to achieve the most natural-looking results with your doctor.
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