Woman’s ‘Ideal’ Proportions Released in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal
Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 4, 2009
Female attractiveness is often measured by facial symmetry and body proportions, but recent research has quantified the level of attractiveness for women to determine exactly what the ‘ideal figure’ looks like. Researchers in Germany have used web-based morphing software to change the length and size of different body parts of a woman, and then asked people to judge her level of attractiveness.
Results were published in the March 2009 Plastic and Reconstructive Journal, the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and indicate that women with smaller waist-to-hip ratios and lower body weights were deemed to be ‘more attractive.’
The average woman with a height between 5’5” and 5’7” with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.74, considered to be the ‘ideal’ for health and physical beauty standards, would have a 28” waist and 38” hips. Women who are close to these measurements, or at least have a waist-to-hip-ratio of 0.80 are considered to be more attractive overall.
Facial symmetry was not included in this study, but has also been one of the critical factors for determining physical attractiveness in both men and women. Other important predictors of female attractiveness include the bust-to-waist ratio, and the bust-to-underbust ratio.
To achieve these ideal proportions, many women undergo extensive plastic surgery that helps whittle down their waistline and gets rid of excess body fat or cellulite around the hips and thighs. Liposuction and tummy tucks are permanent options for reducing inches around the waist and thighs, and have helped many achieve more desirable proportions. However, this ‘ideal’ also promises some health benefits. Women who have a waist to hip ratio under 0.80 are considered to be at a much lower risk for developing heart disease and diabetes; those who have a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.85 or higher are at a higher risk for developing problems associated with obesity.