Don’t bother making strict diet and exercise regimens apart of your New Years Resolutions, ladies! A recent study reveals that the tiny waist, big breasts and curvy figures that so many women strive for may not actually be very healthy at all.
Though the hourglass figure, made the standard for women in the Victorian era and the rule by pop culture icons such as the celebrated Marilyn Monroe, has been admired and desired by men and women alike for centuries, anthropologist Elizabeth Cashdan of the University of Utah explains the superiority of having a fuller figure.
According to the study, the hormones that make women the better sex stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tends to redistribute fat from hips to waist. Androgens, a class of hormones that includes testosterone, increase waist-to-hip ratios in women by increasing visceral fat, which is carried around the waist. Increased androgen levels are also associated with increased strength, stamina and competitiveness.
So maybe the snug fit of our jeans may not be such a bad thing after all. 🙂