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What Your Waist to Hip Ratio Tells Men

Updated on August 2, 2013

Why Waist to Hip Ratio is of Such Interest to Men

Why would men be interested in your Waist to Hip Ratio? Up until recently, WHR (Waist to Hip Ratio) was used as an indicator or measure of a person's health, but now researchers have found WHR to be a significant measure of female attractiveness. It appears that men are more influenced by WHR than by BWR (Bust-Waist Ratio) and hip size.

Does this surprise you? We all know that men are very interested in the physical attributes of women, but why men behave in this way isn't always as it seems. So, the next question to ask is why?

"Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece."

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WHR- Natures Stamp of Approval

Across cultures, centuries, and continents, studies have confirmed that waist to hip ratio (WHR) is a central factor in how attractive a woman is perceived to be. The WHR can be defined as the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips.

It is a well researched fact that a waist to hip ratio of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men are good indicators of general health and fertility. Research analyzing historical text, images, and artwork also strongly suggests that the ideal WHR has remained unaltered even as our cultures have changed.

The general hypothesis is that men unknowingly find women with an optimal WHR more attractive because these women are more fertile. The WHR is nature's secret stamp of approval, as the fertility enhancing hormone estrogen is highest in women with an optimal WHR.

Though 0.7 is the optimal WHR, keep in mind that WHR allows for considerable variation in size and build. For example, both Anna Nicole Smith and Kate Moss have different bodies, but identical waist to hip ratios (.69). Before you try the WHR calculator , take a look at the following WHR of some famous women: Megan Fox (.77), Angelina Jolie (.73), Jessica Alba (.70), Jennifer Lopez (.67), Hoopz (.67), Kim Kardashian (.65), Marilyn Monroe (.63), and, of course, Barbie (.55).

As you can see, even in Hollywood the WHR varied amongst the stars. Have fun with the WHR calculator, but don't let a number define you. Women come in all shapes and sizes, and that is a beautiful thing. This concludes lens one, lens two- Beauty Isn't Just Skin Deep, and lens three- The Ugly Truth will introduce/discuss other reliable indicators of attraction. Try the Waist to Hip Ratio Calculator and use the other links below to learn more.

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      liamsquidoo 4 years ago

      Great job on this lens, keep up the good work!

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Interesting lens. Lots of food for thought. It's amazing how our brains are influenced by all of this math we aren't even aware of.

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Very good information.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Interesting article. Strange to think that we are programmed to like the things we do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and liking my lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice presentation!

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Interesting...great lens.

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      Bobski606 5 years ago

      This is some great information, and for many people I suspect it's a confidence boost, especially for us bigger girls.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I've never heard about this before - pretty interesting!

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      LilibeanNP 5 years ago

      This is fascinating! It's so interesting how physical characteristics trigger such instinctive responses. Great read! =)

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      Interesting lens

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fascinating read!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Interesting idea for a lens:)

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I consistently try to work on my stomach and abs, and calves! Thanks for sharing

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! Curves sure are nice aren't they?

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I thought this was an interesting take and I think the world takes all sorts! Liked :)

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      @greenmind: While I'm not aware of a 1:3 ratio, is it possible you are referring to hips, waist, and bust- it could read something like this 34-30-38. Those measurements are more commonly known as women use them to find clothes and we all like to know how the stars or some of our other icons of beauty measure up. The problem with the widespread use of these measurements is that they are fixed- it becomes a focus on size versus proportions,a size 2 is more attractive than a 6 or 10 (not true). Hope that answers your question. Thanks for the excellent question.

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      GreenMind 5 years ago from USA

      interesting! What is the meaning and significance of the 1 to 3 ratio? I'm a man and I want to know!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Quite interesting... I always like reading about the science behind romance and relationships.

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      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      i need to check my diet again. thanks for the info

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      anaisfraiche 5 years ago

      Yup that's true, men are visually oriented (even the bible mentions it LOL)!

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      agreatlife 5 years ago

      Is there a BHR..."Butt to Hip Ratio"? Sounds like a "waist" of time to me!

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Very Interesting lens!

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      this is really made my day :)

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      HaleySchaeffer LM 5 years ago

      The WHR and its relationship to, well, relationships is interesting. I'd never actually heard it explained in this way. Great lens!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Great info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never knew women waist has so much info.