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Eat Behav. 2004 May;5(2):117-32.

The effects of meal size and body size on individuals' impressions of males and females.

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  • 1University of Toronto, Canada. Yolanda.Martins@flinders.edu.au

Abstract

Male and female participants provided impression ratings for either a normal-weight or overweight male or female target, who was portrayed as eating either small or large meals. Males rated normal-weight targets as more physically attractive than overweight targets, whereas ratings of physical attractiveness were unaffected by the body size manipulation among female participants. In addition, among male targets, the overweight large eater was rated the least socially attractive. For female targets, males rated the normal-weight large eater as the most socially attractive, whereas females rated the normal-weight small eater as the most socially attractive. Results are discussed in terms of how body and meal sizes interact to affect impressions of others.

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