Forget stressing over each and every calorie! A recent survey from the dating site Yangutu has found that men actually prefer women who have healthy, curvy frames. According to its results, 78 percent of men prefer women with hourglass figures, while another 17 percent of men are attracted to women who are of average weight.
There is a reason why men might prefer women with ample curves. Men are visual creatures, and while they might respond to svelte fashion models, they are also biologically programmed to seek out a voluptuous figure. This is possibly because certain physical attributes like full breasts and a small waist-to-hip ratio are traditional signs of youth and fertility.
In fact, a 2010 study performed by researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands found that even men who were blind from birth responded to these visual cues. The men were asked to feel mannequins who had varying waist-and-hip ratios, and then select the one they liked the best. Almost invariably, they chose the mannequin with the lower waist-to-hip ratio, just as the sighted men did. Hence, while size 00 might be the trend on the catwalk, it is voluptuous women with bodies like Marilyn Monroe or Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks who speak to a man’s basic need to procreate.
The message of body acceptance is an important one for all women, particularly for young girls. It is imperative that this lesson be learned and reinforced at home. If a girl grows up with a mother who is always dieting or skipping meals, she is going to get the message that her self-worth is inherently tied to her looks and her weight, and she is not going to learn healthy eating habits. Instead of purchasing the latest weight-loss products or stocking the fridge with prepackaged diet meals, mothers and daughters can stay healthy and fit together by choosing fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, and by making a commitment to exercise together.
The bottom line is that no matter what size you are, food is something that should nourish your body and your spirit, and the only “diet” to consider is one that includes real, nutritious foods. Starvation strips you of more than just calories, it strips you of your self-esteem and robs you of happiness — one skipped meal at a time. So forget diet fare and reach for fresh food like veggies and fruits — not only will you look great, but you will feel great as well!
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