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ERIC Number: EJ1008149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Big and Beautiful? Evidence of Racial Differences in the Perceived Attractiveness of Obese Females
Ali, Mir M.; Rizzo, John A.; Heiland, Frank W.
Journal of Adolescence, v36 n3 p539-549 Jun 2013
This paper investigates the relationships between body weight, race, and attractiveness in appearance and personality among adolescents. We study a sample of 5947 (non-Hispanic) white and black girls age 12 to 18 who were interviewed by a group of 338 interviewers. We find that overweight and obese white female adolescents are, respectively, 23% and 40% less likely, on average, to be perceived as physically attractive compared to normal-weight white girls. The physical appearance penalties are significantly smaller for overweight and obese black girls compared to white girls. These findings suggest that being overweight or obese is costly due to its negative impact on inner and outer perceived beauty, providing an explanation for the observed stigmatization of overweight and obesity among women in labor and relationship markets. The smaller beauty penalties for black girls above the normal-weight range suggest that the range of body sizes considered attractive may be wider for black females. (Contains 5 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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