A strong upper body is the most attractive body shape on men, new research finds.
Asked to judge photos of topless men, women consistently rated the stronger looking, more muscular men as more attractive.
Fully 70% of a man’s bodily attractiveness is down to how strong he looks, the researchers found.
Contributing factors were being tall and lean, but they were easily outweighed by being stronger.
The survey of 160 women asked them to rate sixty shirtless men whose heads were obscured:
Every man’s strength was determined using weightlifting and grip strength tests.
The women could accurately tell how strong the men were by looking at them, the results revealed.
There was no evidence that men could be too pumped up — the stronger they were, the better they looked to women.
There was no evidence that some had different tastes — all 160 women preferred the stronger-looking men.
Taller men were also automatically rated as physically stronger, the study’s authors explain:
“This suggests that women also treat lean and tall men as more attractive for reasons other than just fighting ability.”