The Body Type that Men Prefer

The modeling industry and its employers clearly favor women with tall, lanky, stick-figure bodies, but who else admires this look?  Does the average American man also long to have a romantic partner with barley any body fat and protruding bones? According to askmen.com (http://www.askmen.com/daily/austin/49b_fashion_style.html), this is definitely not the case.  They explain that thin women earn more in their careers (in fashion and TV), but a recent study (http://www.timothy-judge.com/Judge%20and%20Cable%20%28JAP%202010%29.pdf) reveals that men prefer women with an average weight and healthy body fat.

How could this be? Well, we can refer to biology for the answer. Women with wider hips, bigger boobs, and a normal layer of fat are normally more fertile. It indicates to men that they are healthy, real, able to bear children and not too obsessed with their looks.

It is good that men can stand up and admit this, because the media’s portrayal of the ideal body is already far too powerful and dangerous for so many young girls and women today. So why is the “clothes-hanger” body type so popular in the media/fashion industry?  Is their goal to portray something perfect and unattainable to put everyone else down? No one can answer these questions with definitive answers, but personally I believe they want to make these models and women appear out of reach, perfect, glamorous and larger than life, so that they can motivate people to spend more money.

Throughout this research blog, I have increasingly realized the seriousness of body image issues. Our nation and others have placed far too much importance on physical appearance. After all, many of our physical appearances convey nothing but superficial hints of our personalities. Everyone has so much beneath the surface that no one can see by solely looking at their body, face or clothes.

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