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    Why are thin males/females most popular?

    Why are thin people usually the most popular?
    Is it true that boys just want thin girls? Or that girls just want thin boys?
    Is it true? Why?
    Is it false? Why?

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    It has to do with health. In the natural pre-industrial society most able-bodied people were lean and fairly well muscled. People who are lean look healthier, healthier indivduals make better mates, therefor humans have evolved to find those indivduals who are lean and well muscled the most physically attractive.
    Also, the natural physique is more visable if it is not disguised in a think layer of fat, lossing the fat will make the secondary sex characteristics that much more visible and easier for a potential mate to ascess.

    The only time where this is not compltely true is in societies where there is a shortage of food, here, having extra rolls of fat can be considered a sign of prosperity.

    Our society is currently going in the opposite direction. Todays poor are fat and the rich are thin, with all the cheap junk food around now, being thin or at least the right weight, is currently seen as sign of an indivdual excercising a certain amount of control over their life.

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    I'll throw in my two cents.

    Hmmm...seeing overly thin women as an ideal of beauty has only been the idea of the later generations. Thousands and thousands of years long slightly bigger women were preferred, since a healthy woman with reserves were obviously seen to be able to have healthy and strong children.

    The anorexic ideal of these days is mostly upheld by companies and the media, both of which make money with it.

    Personally I find neither underweight nor overweight too attractive, but, really, I couldn't care less. It's not the weight what it is about, it's about the person and all about the person. You don't have to hunger yourself out until you're only a bit of flesh on the bones only to be "beautiful" in the mainstream's eyes - if you're happy and also just the way you are, you'll be loved nonetheless.

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    People are under too much pressure to lood good or what we are told by T.V is good and the papers.This is a very dangerous situation as people take it so serious that there is a serious health issue involved.Younger kids are starving themselves to be accepted by their friends Girls/Boys.Ill agree with Sigurd that under weight is not attractive at all just like over weight is not attractive but i like a women to look healty.Some kind of fullness is important.This also affects men i am very paranoid about my weight and sometimes i feel stupid as its just so women will find me more attractive but thats not a proper reason really.
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    It really is a sad situation, thanks to the media that portray these ideals that people are expected to aspire to. People fail to realise that all these "celebrities" are not realistic representations of normal people. They have personal trainers and exercise and starve themselves constantly. Men are expected to have six packs and women are expected to have thin bodies and large breasts which don't look nice as they are often disproportionate to the body.

    It is aesthetics over health and practicality these days. The expectations are constantly increasing and are being made more manifest by magazines, television programmes and society. I switched on the television a few weeks ago and saw an advert for a programme entitled, "How to Look Good Naked" or something along those lines. I was shocked to see how superficial some people can be and to see that people would go to the extent of producing such a program.

    A friend of mine was determined to lose weight - who might still be - and what shocked me is that her body was perfect. I tried to tell her not to lose anymore weight. I think my advice was useless .

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    Overly thin men/women are more sought after than larger men/women?

    Hmm...

    I think not.




    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as it is said.
    Centuries ago, larger women were the prefferable choice. Modern culture is obsessed with women being skinny, which is how this repulsize disease knwon as anorexia began. Do you think that disease even existed on this planet 100 yars ago? Nope.

    As for men, well, I don't think that there has ever been a time in history where skinny, frail, wimps of men were the hot commodity.

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    Are they. I don`t know they are most popular in the media.

    I personally don`t like to thin women. I like women who are a bit round. When I see chubby men though I view it as decadent.

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    Why are thin.....

    I think that one factor is that slenderness is the look of youth. We tend to associate fat with age, though there are plenty of gaunt older people. Certainly this preference is socially determined. Today's ideal of female beauty: skeletally lean with over-developed breasts, is, indeed a recent phenomenon. If you want to see a very different ideal of feminine pulchritude, look at the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. The women are all VERY well-upholstered . It's a less virginal and more maternal look. That, doubtless, has social implications concerning the role of women in society.

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    Why are thin people usually the most popular?
    Is it true that boys just want thin girls? Or that girls just want thin boys?
    Overly thin girls have never been attractive to me. If I had to choose between a woman like the one posted by Evergreen and a 250 lb. woman, I'd choose the larger girl in a heartbeat. I'm most attracted to women who are slightly overweight anyway. Unless we're talking about obesity, thats just as unattractive as anorexia. I also don't understand why women spend hours in tanning beds. Skin which looks like Gucci leather is not attractive either, not to mention the adverse health affects.

    You've seen those old photographs of women during the Victorian era? That's what I find attractive.

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    Does hunger influence judgments of female physical attractiveness?

    Swami V, Tovee MJ.

    Department of Psychology, University College of London, UK.

    To account for male preferences for female body weight following a consistent socio-economic pattern, Nelson and Morrison (2005) proposed a social-cognitive model based on the individual experience of resource scarcity. We replicated their studies showing that calorific dissatisfaction can influence preference for female body weight using a different dependent variable, namely photographic stimuli of women with known body weight and shape. Using this revised methodology, we found that operationalized intra-individual resource scarcity affects preferences for body weight: 30 hungry male participants preferred figures with a higher body weight and rated as more attractive heavier figures than 31 satiated male participants. Hungrier men were also less likely to be influenced by cues for body shape, supporting extant cross-cultural studies on female physical attractiveness. These findings corroborate those of Nelson and Morrison (2005) and are discussed in terms of how cultural contexts shape individual psychological experience as predicted by the theory of mutual constitution.




    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...&dopt=Abstract

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