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Alan Zuo

Leland High SchoolClass of 2023San Jose, CA



  • "Is facial asymmetry indicative of one's health?" with mentor Laura (Sept. 7, 2022)

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Is facial asymmetry indicative of one's health?

Started May 18, 2022

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As facial asymmetry becomes more and more scrutinized, it brings up the possibility that it may reflect some aspect(s) of human health. Is facial asymmetry the result of an internal illness, or is it preprogrammed by genes, or can it be attributed to another factor? This paper examines and analyzes some of the possible implications about the degree of one’s facial asymmetry, such as the external aging process, internal health (both physical and mental), genetics, and psychology. Although many consider an "average" and symmetrical face to be healthy, it may not be representative of actual health. Additionally, there is more support of a "good genes" hypothesis; that is to say that facial symmetry or lack thereof is mostly controlled by good and healthy genes, which may in itself be also a health indicator. Not only may there be a connection between facial asymmetry and human health, but there is also some speculation of what causes the facial discrepancies/asymmetry, such as genetic history, internal health, lifestyle (such as sleeping, eating, etc. If asymmetry in faces is indicative of human health and by extension possible health conditions or illnesses, then it may be a useful tool to employ in preventative health treatments. However, this would need rigorous clinical study. Regardless, one direction that this field of study should be taken is for its practical applications, as if human internal health is really manifested through facial symmetry, it could be a helpful visual indicator of immediate need for action/treatment, without requiring extensive scans.