This Is the Male Body Type Women Find Most Attractive, According to Science

Updated: Oct. 17, 2023

Perhaps we didn't need science to tell us this, but here it is... this is the male body type women are most attracted to.
Men, listen up: All that time at the gym and clean eating may just be worth it.

Researchers asked male and female students ranging in age from their teens to early 20s at Oklahoma State University and Australia’s Griffith University to rate men from a scale of one to seven on attractiveness. The students were shown photos of nearly 200 shirtless or tank top-wearing men—only bodies were shown, faces were obscured. All of the men photographed attended the University of California, Santa Barbara; 60 of the men were recruited from the school’s gym, while an additional 130 were taking psych classes, according to All 160 of the women in the study preferred the fittest of the bunch, according to the research in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Study author Aaron Lukaszewski stated the same thing we all did about the results of this study: “Well, duh! Of course, women find strong men the sexiest, why is that science?” Lukaszewski said not one woman preferred weaker-looking men.

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Researchers hypothesize that strong bodies have been a traditional indicator of health and a man’s ability to survive and take care of himself. In modern times, that can translate into success at work and how well a man can protect his family.

The researchers cautioned that these results cannot be considered as applicable across the board as the people involved were college-aged men and women. Results can vary according to culture and what qualities women of different ages value.

Besides—it’s not as if these shirtless men had their IQs tattooed on their chests.