Why Being A Hottie Means You’re Keeping The Doctor Away, Too

Charlize Theron must possess the greatest immune system ever.

That hot guy who lives across the street probably gets sick on rare occasions (lucky for you — all the more reason to kiss him!).

The University of Cincinnati conducted a study on how looks relate to health. Researchers followed 15,000 American men and women from the age of 10 till they were 24 to 35 (now that’s dedication). They tracked both their physical and mental health. The connection between attractiveness and better health was and remains astounding. The best-looking candidates were least likely to be troubled with ADHD, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma and tinnitus. These findings were published in the Journal of Evolution & Human Behavior.

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Along with this, these men and women participated in 90-minute interviews. The researchers rated them on their level of attractiveness (the hierarchy was based on very unattractive to very attractive). Joseph L. Nedelec and Kevin M. Beaver, the study’s overseers, said that for every higher ranking, the chance of ailment dropped by anywhere from 13 to 23 percent. For the ladies, the risk of illness fell by as much as 22 percent for every jump in the attractiveness ranking.

Whoa — this is no light statement. The study clearly indicates that “hotter” people within our society are healthier in both mind and body. Author, dating coach and YourTango expert Laurel House says this is no coincidence. “Unless they simply have naturally embedded beauty, good-looking people are often good-looking due to effort, not luck,” she says. “They put time, energy, and effort into their body and health, which is not only displayed externally, but internally, too.”

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Basically, Beyonce is healthier not because of her naturally flawless appearance (ugh, we hate you for that, Bey), but because of the work she puts into her well-being. We’re positive that those Single Ladies dance moves had her working up a serious sweat. It’s no secret that the pop crooner exercises vigorously—just look at those thighs! Bey also pays close attention to her food intake. Last year, she went on a 22-day vegan diet and now she’s eating mostly plant-based foods. It’s easy to see how the Queen came to run the world—and it’s no wonder we’re all in love with her, either! After all, people who pay close attention to their health are, without doubt, sexier.

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So if you deem yourself as “okay” or less-than-Mila-Kunis in the beauty department, keep two things in mind: First of all, beauty is simply a preconceived societal notion, and you are gorgeous. Second of all, maintaining a wholesome diet and remaining active is what’s truly sexy — and that’s what improves your health. So get on it, lovers!

article by Ashley McDonald from YourTango.com

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70 comments

Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

Get moving for fitness

Kath P.
Kath P.about a year ago

LOL

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Croweabout a year ago

I knew a lot of popular, healthy people back when I was younger. But now, we are all old, so what difference does it make???

Barb Hansen
Ba H.about a year ago

one of the most handsome guys in my circle of friends died of cancer when he was 30. not all hotties have to be healthy

Steve McCrea
Steve McCrea1 years ago

This is kind of a depressing article. Let's be honest, Charlize Theron is gorgeous largely because she was born that way. Most people could never look like her no matter how hard they worked at it. She's also privileged and has time and money and personal trainers and other resources to make maintaining her appearance possible and sustainable for her.

I also question how they rated attractiveness - pretty subjective measurement, don't you think?

Perhaps all it really means is that privileged people are judged more attractive by other privileged people.

---- Steve

Karen K.
Karen K.1 years ago

People who have a good attitude and are happy also have better health. Perhaps people who are "hotter" have it easier and thus it's easier to be happy!

Val M.
Val M.1 years ago

Noted

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C.1 years ago

Give me heart and soul any day over 'beauty' that is skin deep and fades as fast as your disappearing moments!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or has no one informed you of this simple fact of life?? For every 'beast' there is a beauty and for every 'beauty' there is a beast! Grow up why don't you!

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard1 years ago

Thank you

june t.
june t.1 years ago

what happens when you take the "hot flash" into the equation?