No impact of hunger on male perception of female physical attractiveness in relation to adiposity: a randomized controlled trial.


Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. [Email]


Female physical attractiveness is strongly related to body mass index (BMI). Females with lower BMI are on average more attractive down to at least BMI = 18. Previous correlational studies have indicated that this effect may be modulated by the hunger of the rater, with more hungry raters preferring images of subjects with greater adiposity. This prior work, however, was correlational and so we wished to explore this phenomenon further using a randomized controlled trial.