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Speak Up: Are Unhealthy Eaters Less Attractive?

A recent study published in the May issue of Appetite, a scientific journal, has found that unhealthy eaters are viewed as less physically attractive, less warm, less intelligent and less studious than those who eat healthfully. I am curious about your thoughts on this -- Do you think you (or other people) subconsciously (or consciously) view unhealthy eaters in a lesser light than healthy eaters? Let me know in the comments section below.


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SU3 SU3 10 years
I don't know about this. However, I do agree with mandiesoh. And I don't really go around watching what everyone around me is eating... I'm usually only thinking about what I'm going to eat. :P
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
im skeptical on this? i know people who eat junk all the time and they are the nicest people (both internally and on the outside) ever!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I have to repost. When me and my overweight family go out to dinner, which would be a normal thing if we were all skinny, we get stares when we walk in and sit down, like we should be allowed to have any restaurant food because we are big and should be eating nothing but veggies, etc. it bothers me. that is one reason i sneak food or get take out or delivery when i do eat out. I feel paranoid like people don't want to see me eating. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
sunsophia sunsophia 10 years
They say you are what you eat. Would you rather be: a) a crunchy greasy french fry? b) a fresh strawberry? Ahahahahaha I heard a trainer say that once!
sunsophia sunsophia 10 years
I think it's to a point. Obviously someone who eats a Big Mac everyday is not going to be the hottest on the block. And people who take the time to take care of their body seem to be more put together (they have a regime... or it could just the ones I know?). Anyway I know I (and many others) don't always eat healthy and I don't anyone thinks any lesser of anyone.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
I'm sorry to say deannalynn, that I would choose the chorizo omelette combo over the "steele cut oats" anyday. :P But like Julieulie, I'm also a graduate student and I have little or no time (nor the appropriate cooking space) to prepare the healthy meals my boyfriend does in his own flat, with his (relatively) 9-5 job. Though I *do* think that eating unhealthily 99% of the time makes a person look bad ... case in POINT: my flat-mate's boyfriend is an obnoxious pig and ok, so he's doing a PhD but he always gets back quite early for dinner with her. They make the most DISGUSTING stuff ... it's ALWAYS oven chips, oven kebabs, absolutely NO vegetables, curries, greasy oven pizzas with greasy garlic bread, etc. Seriously, when I look at his face, I already want to hurl. When I look at what he's eating, it makes me either 1) reach for my crisp salad greens or 2) puts me off food for about a week (ok exaggeration, but you know what I mean). :)
aflower aflower 10 years
i guess i would agree. i think that it has the same negative connotation that smoking has. it's just not that socially's what we all know we "shouldn't" be doing. seeing someone eating bad things automatically sheds an "ignorant" light on them. i love unhealthy foods, though. i must look like an ugly, uncaring idiot. ha.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
Maybe a better question would be would an unattractive person be even less attractive if you saw him/her eating a cheeseburger? I personally think some of the reasoning might be that it's hard to look dainty, polite, and attractive while eating a sloppy, grease-laden burger out of a wrapper.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
if eating unhealthy were less attractive, marketing for fast food using sexy models would be useless and we'd all be eating healthier. hot is hot no matter what it's shoving in it's mouth.
deannalynn deannalynn 10 years
Ok, this is a recent experience. A person who I hadn't seen in a while had asked me to go have breakfast. When the waitress came, I ordered a bowl of steele cut oats, with banana, strawberry, and blueberry and a side of soy milk. She ordered a chorizo omelet, hash-browns, an english muffin, a short stack of pancakes, and biscuits and gravy. NO, I am not kidding! I was stunned. I was actually embarassed for her, and I have to admit that I found myself seeing this person as unattractive. Honestly, it made me sick. I don't think the way a person eats determines their "smarts", but I can see how it could make a person look less attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though, and thank God for that! Your lack of preparation does not constitute an emergency on my part.
megstar megstar 10 years
I think it depends as well. I think that it also has something to do with the way one feels when they eat certain types of food. I know I feel better about myself if I'm eating fruit rather than Mcdonalds. And I think it shows in the way I present myself as well. Maybe it's just
Food Food 10 years
I don't know if this is totally true, I think it depends on who's eating it. Hot chick with burger is more likely to be on the cover of a magazine than non-hot chick with strawberry. It's so sad that we live in that sort of world. In my opinion, it doesn't matter what you eat as long as you chew with your mouth closed and wait til your done eating before you speak. You can be the hottest person on the planet but if I can see your food in half-chewed format, ugh disgusting.
krisua krisua 10 years
I don't think so but it would be so much more helpful for people with eating disorders if they started a campaign like that.
econinsf econinsf 10 years
julieulie, won't you make different choices when you do have the time though? I'm guessing that with your intelligence you will not be eating out of the vending machine once you finish your degree. I think the intelligence point can only be made when there is a choice involved and someone chooses to eat something unhealthy when something healthier is accessible. When the vending machine is your only option it isn't a matter of choosing a less healthy option over a healthy one. Props for the Ph.D., the more powerful, smart women in this world the better!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I think this it totally true-that people feel that way, not that it is true. I know people that have been passed over for jobs because they were heavier than their competition; I have also seen others look on in disgust when I have eaten a cheeseburger. Now, I must also say, its funny that is true, because a lot of men say they think a healthy appetite in a woman is sexy, and that includes both healthy and unhealthy food _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
Just because someone is an unhealthy eater doesn't mean they are less intelligent. And as far as less attractive goes, I think a lot of that might have to do with what physical shape the person is in. I can't imagine an unhealthy eater who is in great physical shape is less attractive than an unhealthy eater who is overweight or obese. Bottom line, though - you can't judge a book by its cover, nor should you.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
I can see where this notion would come from, but I disagree. If it's going by looks alone. You can't judge a book by it's cover. True, if your first impresion of a person is them shoving a double chesseburger down their throat, then the negative connotations will arise. But to say they're not warm or intelligent based on what they eat, that's narrow-minded. I can see how years of bad diet choices can make a person unhealthy, but there are plenty of other things a person does to their body that results in an ugly appearance (excessive drug and alcohol usage to name one). This study is very base, to stereotype people like this.
julieulie julieulie 10 years
I have to say that I disagree with the unhealthy eaters being less intelligent. Anyone who makes this association has clearly never spent any time around graduate students. In my program, some of us are forced to spend 7 days/week, 10-12 hours/day in the lab... so there are days when either you eat out of the vending machine or you don't eat at all, because you can only make it to the grocery store once per month. We're all going for our Ph.D.'s in biomedical science... so the less intelligent stereotype isn't valid.
BearBoyLvr BearBoyLvr 10 years
People who eat healthy and take care of their bodies are definitely more attractive than those who don't. It's not just about appearance and fitting into that sexy outfit, it's about respecting yourself, your community and your environment. Poor health hurts all of the above, not just yourself.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Ummm...could it be that the lighting and harsh/garish colors in fast food places make people look bad? I mean if that lighting and color palate was in a organic health food restaurant the people would "look" just as jaundiced and sallow. I generally don't eat in public but when I do my focus is not on judging other people's appearances, its on my satiety and my dining partner.
boosh-bitch boosh-bitch 10 years
If we're going by that picture alone, I'd say good eaters are less attractive. That woman with the strawberry looks insane. Personally, I don't really think about what people are eating so much.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I guess I'd agree to a point. Bad eating habits will eventually lead you to look less attractive (no antioxiants and vitamins for your skin, hair, nails, extra weight, etc). But I wouldn't say someone was nasty just cos they were eating chips.
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