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Do you think there is a correlation between average weight and idealized weight?

 
 
Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:14 am
Given the tendency to find that which is not common exceptional I am wondering if there is an identifiable trend to find underweight body types attractive as the average body type becomes more overweight.

Anyone have any thoughts, data or random stuff to say about this idea?
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oolongteasup
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:22 am
@Robert Gentel,
The evidence is thin on the ground.
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:27 am
Robert wrote:
if there is an identifiable trend to find underweight body types attractive as the average body type becomes more overweight.

This trend was present around here, at least for the last decade.

It's beggining to fade away and we can witness a return to more classical aesthetic canons:

Body shape
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contrex
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:42 am
Moi j'aime pas les grosses
Francis
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:43 am
@contrex,
Et elles, elles les aiment? Twisted Evil
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:48 am
@contrex,
Do you prefer this?

http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/ap/nyr10601121937.widec.jpg

or this?

http://www.entertainmentwise.com/photos/Image/BAR-M&S2.jpg
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:49 am
@Francis,
Skeletal versus skinny?
Francis
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:54 am
@Robert Gentel,
Well, skinny but not too much:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/01/28/article-1129982-031B35D3000005DC-666_468x594.jpg
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 05:23 am
One thing that has happened is that people have somewhat redefined what they feel is "normal" weight. I mean regular folk, not the tabloids. Regular folk may be seeing size 18 as being "normal". Why? Because size 14 and up has been the average overall size for so long. Size 18, BTW, is either obese or the borderline between overweight and obese. It's not ideal or normal weight at all.

Tabloids, on the other hand, go to other extremes, and see a size 4 as being horribly overweight. It's bad when the tabs start saying people like Tori Spelling and the Kardashian sisters are models of normality, and anyone over a size 6 should be a plus size model.

For some perspective, here's a size chart: http://www.usatourist.com/english/tips/Womens-Sizes.html
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 07:48 am
@jespah,
Weird how the American sizes have changed so much over the years.

When I wore a European size 32, 30+ years ago, I wore an American size 8. Now a European size 32 (still the same size), is an American size 2. Mmmm, yeah. Don't think so.

They've relabelled those American sizes down significantly over the years. I try to always find clothes that have the European sizes in them, so I know what size I'm REALLY buying.
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sullyfish6
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 08:15 am
Gaunt does not get it.

I like a man with a little flesh on him.

I'm more into being healthy than how everyone looks. I just saw some research on how carriying up to 10 pounds extra is more healthy than being 10 pounds underweight.

Seeing lots of dead skinny people lately, anyway.
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 10:21 am
Well, Wally Simpson once observed that "..you can't be too rich or too thin..." at least I'm fifty percent. Razz

Haven't bought anything in so long that I'm not certain what size I wear.

I'll still go with Sheldon's body types, however. I think we inherit our shape and size.
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