Perceived effect? It may come down to your health
According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, health is a significantly more important factor than intelligence when selecting leaders. Intelligence remains relevant, but in a recent survey, health prevailed in all contexts of leadership selection.
Approximately 148 people were asked to imagine selecting a leader based on a database of faces created by researchers, according to the study. Four scenarios were considered – choosing a leader for competition between a group, selection a leader for collaboration between groups, picking a person to conservatively exploit current resources, and picking someone to delve into new alternatives.
Candidates’ faces were altered to look more or less intelligent by manipulating the bone structure, and more or less healthy by modifying pigmentation of the skin.
Participants valued leaders with both traits, but health triumphed as the most influential characteristic.
“The findings highlight the importance of fruits and vegetables in obtaining healthier skin,” says Dr. Ashwani Garg, family medicine physician on staff at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill. “Beautiful skin is made from the inside out. Topical treatment is only helping the skin in one way. What you eat will help your skin be more elastic, radiant and blemish free.”
“Not only will you look beautiful, but you’ll be healthier, manage your cholesterol and digestion better, and prevent diabetes and cancer,” Dr. Garg says. “If there are no other dietary changes, at least have one big salad, four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit a day.”
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