Study participants were then asked to randomly access the photos to pinpoint when they (1) noticed a change in weight and (2) found the people’s faces more attractive. The gag-inducing results found that women need to lose about eight pounds for anyone to notice—and 14 for others to find them more attractive. Men would have to lose about 18 to look more attractive. (At least, for once, people aren’t saying women need to lose more than men.)
While the study authors say that fat accumulation in the face is an indicator of overall health and that the study’s results may motivate people to start losing weight, we sure hope that people aren’t buying into this lose-weight-to-look-better line of thinking. Besides the fact that losing weight for others is damaging to any person’s self-worth, more and more research, including one Psychology and Health study, shows that people don’t stick to their workouts for very long when their main motivators are weight loss and looking more attractive.
So screw what everyone else thinks, and if you decide to switch up your plate, gym routine, or anything else, do it for you and your health—not other people’s reactions. It’ll feel so much better.