Proof that women's chests really are a man's 'first fixation' Women have long complained that their faces are often the last thing men look at and now a scientific study has proved them right. Researchers found that virtually half 47 per cent of men first glance at a womans chest. A third of the so-called first fixations are on the waist and hips, while fewer than 20 per cent look at the face. Not only are breasts often the first thing men look at, they also glance at them for longer than any other body part, the experts discovered. Perfect figure: Katherine Jenkins' larger chest and slim waist indicate fertility Its thought that the reason might be evolutionary, as women with larger chests and slim waists such as opera singer Katherine Jenkins have higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, indicating greater fertility. But the researchers conceded that there could be a more prosaic explanation. Men may be looking more often at the breasts because they are simply aesthetically pleasing, regardless of the size, they said. Subjects tested by researchers from New Zealands University of Wellington were presented with six images of the same woman, digitally altered to increase or decrease the size of her bust, waist and hips. Lads' favourite: Kelly Brook is admired for her curves The scientists recorded which areas men looked at first, the number of times they looked, and how long their gaze lasted, using cameras and mirrors to measure tiny eye movements. The study concluded: Eighty per cent of first fixations were on the breasts and midriff. Men spent consistently more time looking at the breasts and also made significantly more fixations upon them than other regions. It also found that men began to gaze at the components of the hourglass figure within 0.2 seconds. The research also discovered that few glances were directed at the arms, lower legs and feet.