) that are all clearly referencing something important to the sender, the recipient, or, ideally, both.
Since Anon User focused on a more science-based approach, I'll delve into a more abstract (and personal) analysis of your question.
I will admit that at times, I've found myself questioning why someone wouldn't put in the work to get healthier, or why they don't eat healthier, but I realize, it's not all black and white, and it is extremely hard to explain the physical and emotional hurdles to losing a large amount of weight.
To be blunt, being overweight is unlikely to be (explicitly) considered an attractive trait in most Western Cultures; this is true even if you flip genders.This is hardly a steadfast rule however; remember, "beauty" is a socially constructed value.The current study showed that even short-term increases in stress levels could shift men’s preference for ideal body size in women.Although the effect wasn’t as great as what you’d see in people living in a barren desert, the researchers still described it as a “moderate” change.On the other hand, more general compliments seem to work well: The word is a perfect case study for our point.
As an adjective, it’s a physical compliment, but as an adverb (as in, “I’m pretty good at sports.”) it’s is just another word.When it comes to women, you know your ideal body type, right? British researchers recently found that stress levels affect what men find attractive, with more stressed men preferring a wider range of female body sizes., men rated the attractiveness of pictures of women of many different body sizes—from emaciated to obese.Half of the men were put in a stressful situation—a mock interview that involved public speaking—before looking at the pictures.In many cultures, men living in environments with limited or unpredictable food sources tend to prefer larger women.The brain may associate fatness with access to resources, making heavy women look better when food is scarce.We’re presenting just a smattering: in fact every “niche” word that we have significant data on has a positive effect on messaging.