He wondered if men were assessing physical attractiveness if they were basing it on an evolutionary understanding or their potential for future survival and reproductive ability.
According to msn.com one of the study’s authors, Dr. Lobke Vaanholt said, “Most people will not be surprised that extreme thinness was perceived as the most attractive body type.”
She thinks this is because the notion that thinner bodies are better “prevails so heavily in media, culture, and fashion.” She highlights that “the important advance is that now we have an evolutionary understanding of why this is the case.”
The team believes that the reason for the preference for a lower BMI was because it suggested that a woman was aged 17-20.
According to Daily Mail, the study found that the reason men find thinner women more attractive is because they associate their body shape with youth, fertility and a lower risk of disease.
Their results contradict the more early theories that suggested that people are drawn to body types with more fat because they indicated survival.
Therefore, scientists thought that the men would actually choose females with a higher body mass index between 24 and 24.8 as being the most physically attractive.
This study proved that age is a huge factor in what men find attractive and not attractive in the female body. This particular study was published in PeerJ in 2015.