Research has shown that people who watch TV often, regardless of gender, feel that slim women are more attractive.
This was reported by a research team from Durham University in the UK, in an international journal called the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The research team conducted the study in Nicaragua, located in Central America. Residents of seven villages located in the autonomous region of the southern Caribbean are eligible.
The regions did not have a cultural environment where daily access to magazines or the Internet was available. But over the past decade, as the government expanded its electricity network, it was possible to watch TV.
Few villagers had enough economic margin to secure enough food. As a result, residents tended to feel attractive with chubby and chubby people.
The research team provided an environment where half of the residents of the experiment could regularly watch Hollywood movies and South American dramas. These TV genres usually include a beautiful evaluation of a slender and curved female body.
314 men and women aged 15-79 who participated in the experiment also participated in tests to select women with attractive appearances. The research team prepared 50 pictures of women who only covered their faces and made them appear. The body mass index (BMI) of women in each photo varied from 11 to 42.
As a result of the experiment, two factors were significantly associated with the preference for a slim body. One is high education. Relatively highly educated people among the residents preferred to have a slim body. They had experience of studying outside the town and studying in the city, and having access to Western media in the urban environment. Another factor is the case of watching American or South American TV through this experiment. The group that watched the TV program provided by the research team felt that women with an average BMI level of 5 were lower than those who did not. The experimental group evaluated 22 and the control group 27.5 was beautiful. 22 belongs to the slender side of normal weight, and 27 ~ 28 is hardness obesity over normal weight.
The research team confirmed that the difference occurred even when exposed to photos rather than TV. Show the villagers a photo of female models and see if this changes the idea of an ideal female body. As a result, after viewing the photos, people tended to think more about the body shape close to the body in the photo.
The research team saw that “visual culture” that stimulates vision determines preference for appearance. In this regard, I thought that if I exposed my healthy body to the media frequently, I would prefer a solid body that could lead to a healthier life than a lean body. According to the media's exposure strategy, the preference for appearance and lifestyle can be changed.
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