An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Why men and women are attracted to longer legs

Men, it is said, like long-legged women. Well, it is the other way around as well! Tall men and women are considered attractive – and those with 5% longer legs, for both, men and women, are considered most attractive

Research involving more than 200 men and women revealed that people whose legs are 5% longer than average are considered the most attractive, regardless of their gender. Studies into sexual attraction have already shown that taller people are generally perceived as being more physically appealing to the opposite sex, but until now little was known about the effect a person’s leg length had on their overall attractiveness.

Well, it may just be that longer legs are indicators of a healthy individual, specially so in case of the women!

Martin Tovee, a reader in visual cognition at Newcastle University, said longer legs were one of many subtle cues that suggest good health, especially in women. “Leg length is a good indicator of childhood nutrition in women because their legs stop growing once they reach puberty. So if a woman has long legs it suggests she grew up in a good environment and that has a positive effect on fertility.

“The effect in men is more subtle, because their legs continue to grow beyond puberty,” he said.

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