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Scientists discover why we wear high heels

Telegraph.co.uk reports that scientists may have found the formula for having perfect legs: they need to be long in proportion to your torso, but not too long.

Lusty looks for longer legs

In this study, researchers at Wroclaw University in Poland had male and female subjects evaluate the relative attractiveness of different silhouettes of a man and woman. They found that a person of average height (5ft 4in tall) was rated most attractive when their inside leg measurement was 30.5in, which is about 5% longer than the average leg measurement for a person that size. In other words, you could be more attractive if you could lengthen your legs by a few inches.

Feel like a heel

This study could provide a scientific basis for why some people think high heels makes a woman more attractive, because it makes our legs appear longer, getting us closer to that magic 5% number. Interestingly, the study showed that very long legs are not as sexy. The subjects rated women with legs that were 10% longer than average as less attractive. The study leader, Dr Boguslaw Pawlowski, also said that long legs may be an indication of good health because people with short legs tend to have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.

What do you think? Is this an excuse to run out and buy a new pair from Martinez Valero, Bruno Magli or Gabriella Rocha? Or are lusty legs not worth the hassle of high heels? Step up and leave a comment for the Beauty Brains community.

–Mid Brain

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