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Sense of Beauty

Our cover story this month is on supplements, and the reasons why people take supplements are plenty: to be healthy, stay healthy, fight disease, prevent illness, delay aging, and stay young. Many probably don’t realize (or won’t admit) that being healthy and keeping fit also mean looking beautiful. One can’t be beautiful without being healthy.

As I write this PubPage, the Miss Universe Pageant 2015 is being shown live from Florida on Star World. Looking at all the beautiful contestants, I couldn’t help noticing how glowingly healthy and fit they all look, too. So what’s this human obsession with beauty? Why do people seek beauty? In an online article on Health Fiend, Genetics and Science behind Beautiful People and Physical Attraction, the writer has the following summary on beauty and attractiveness:

  • One main feature that is indicative of healthy genetics is the symmetry of the face.
  • Recognition of beauty fosters better mate selection and healthier breeding.
  • Beautiful people usually associate with other beautiful people.
  • Beautiful people prefer to date people who are a little more attractive than themselves.
  • Beautiful people and less beautiful people judge beauty in the same way, although less beautiful people often consider other factors as equally important.
  • Studies find that couples often resemble each other in facial characteristics.
  • Attractive people are viewed as honest and helpful, while unattractive people are viewed as rude and unfair.
  • Females find extremely masculine faces more attractive during their fertile periods.
  • Studies find that less attractive men are more faithful and loving than handsome men.
  • Attractive people earn more salary and get more promotions than average-looking people.

The ideal face of an attractive woman, according to experiments with men, has high cheek bones, small nose, big eyes and a thin jaw. From infancy to adulthood, our faces are growing at different rates and proportions, depending on such things as hormones. When viewing the proportions of elements such as nose size and facial proportions, males usually select features that are characteristic of a woman of 24.8 years (perhaps also related to the perceived age of optimal fertility). As might be expected, females tend to place less of their criteria for beauty on physical attractiveness than do males. This might be a lucky break for unattractive men! When reality sets in, less attractive people justify their less than beautiful partners by emphasizing their personality traits, like being a good listener, kindness, or a sense of humor, says the author.

 

Best of health, 

Romy Sia

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