You’re fighting the urge to bite into that cookie. You choose the fruit bowl over the croissant. You use skim milk instead of half&half. Every. Single. Day. And not because you actually dislike this kind of food.. but because society throws at you images of stick-thin models who are genetically predisposed to looking like pre-teen boys and you believe you have to look that way too.
Well according to an online poll, it’s shown that 80 percent of men ages 18 to 50 say they want a voluptuous woman. Another 15 percent of men prefer a woman of average size, while just 5 percent opt for a super skinny chick. Now this is not to say that you can’t be skinny & curvy together – but what it is saying is that stick-thin emaciated bodies have a slim chance of winning versus beautiful, fuller, bodies.
Interestingly enough, they are so attractive to the opposite sex because these types of bodies have historically possessed more of the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA – which is essential for proper brain development. An article in the August 2012 issue of Psychology Today explains that men “know” something, or subconsciously realize something, that most women can not. Men rate women attractive when they have a waist that is 60-70% of their hip size because during times of survival, these women were better able to reproduce and their offspring were smarter (and having an ass to grab onto ain’t so bad either =P ).
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So what exactly are curves, why are they so attractive to the opposite sex, how do they affect our health, and who can have them?
Curves are the parts of a women’s body that tend to carry more fat. This could be her hips, her butt, her thighs, or her breasts. The curves of a woman’s body are what give the woman an hourglass shape or an S-shape if you’re looking at her profile. Women can have muscular figures, thin legs, and ripped stomachs and still embrace a curvaceous body!
To help put things into perspective for you:
1) Typical US undergrad has a waist that is 75% of her hip size
2) The average Playboy Playmate has a waist that is 53% of her hip size
3) The average fashion model has a waist that is 46% of her hip size
All in all, most women who eat healthy, exercise daily, and are attentive to their overall wellness will fall under category one, which places them exactly where they should be!
Luckily, the hourglass body type is gaining more recognition in society today as the quintessential symbol of a woman – and a staggering amount of women are now working out to have fuller, sexier, physiques.
Follow these workouts for a bodacious bod =)
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