MALE PERSPECTIVE: Men Vote for Curves

It seems like so many women are constantly looking for affective diets or workout plans to make them lose weight. Being ‘inspired’ by skinny models that seem to disappear if they stand sideways staring at them from magazine covers and the pop culture of the last decades that some women believe screams out the ‘rule’, “The less my weight is, the more popular and attractive I am”. But what type of figure really does drive men crazy? Men Prefer Curvy Women

Finally a reliable poll has been conducted that has come closest to answering this question. Online Dating Network, asked about 16,000 men aged between 23 to 60 from the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe the question, “What female physique do you find irresistible?” The most interesting fact is that the results are almost equal in all the tested countries…

The overwhelming majority of men confessed they prefer women with curvy hour-glass shaped figures (about 78%), another 17% of men are attracted to women with “normal” (or average) size and skinny girls seem to attract only about 5% of the survey participants.

While most men reading this will probably wonder why a poll really needs to be conducted to prove this point as the results may seem blindingly obvious but many women reading this may be a bit more surprised…

Healthy means beauty…

The scientific approach is that a curvier look is a healthier look; and a healthier look is a more beautiful look. 70% of the tested participants said they preferred curvy women, as they looked healthier – And 25% used the same explanation for “average” girls.

But why are curves attractive?

According to the scientists, the reason is simple, women with wider hips clearly indicate that they have good health and are able to carry healthy babies. Large breasts show that the woman will be able to breastfeed. That’s why such body type has always been considered as a symbol of fertility. Thus, to be curvy means to be healthy.

This rule deeply imbedded into man’s subconscious thousands of years ago and still hasn’t lost its relevance. The image of an hourglass shaped woman effects man’s brain like a drug, invariably causing positive emotions.

It’s also scientifically proved that the lower woman’s waist-hip ratio or WHR, the more attractive she is for the opposite sex. Let’s take a look at celebrities past and present who are known worldwide as sex symbols.

Marylyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Sophia Loren as well as Salma Hayek have waist-hip ratio close to 0.6. Their unprecedented success and popularity has become one more proof of this “curvy theory”.

So where does the problem come from?

If the overwhelming majority of men are nuts about female curves, why do millions of women all over the world torture themselves with numerous diets and extreme measures? asked about 19,000 women with the age range from 20 to 45 years if they would like to become thinner and got really shocking results. 77% of ladies who answered the poll question would like to lose weight! 12% of the female participants don’t want to lose weight but would like to redistribute their body fat to look more attractive. 6% of women would like to gain some weight and there are only 5% of those who are totally satisfied with their weight and physique… that’s just 950 out of 19,000!

Modern mass culture with its thin androgyny models seems to have a great negative impact on the women body image. But if we look back on the divas from the 50s they didn’t seem exhausted with their slightly fuller physique.

Later in the 60s an average model was two inches shorter and weighed about a stone (or 14 pounds) more than our modern cover girls. But soon everything changed with the sensational appearance of Twiggy with her 6st 7lbs.

In the 80s such models like Cindy Crawford returned healthy look and curves back to fashion, but the 90s revived the popularity of Twiggy-like models and gave birth to the notion of “heroin chick”. The majority of models of the 90s and early 2000s were characterised by their unhealthy looks of a heroin addict and had a very low BMI (body mass index). Lots of fashion designers assert that only skinny models are effective in clothes demonstration.

However, fashion plus size models are becoming more and more popular these days taking part in lots of fashion shows and magazine photo sessions. Their natural beauty and hour glass shaped figures clearly demonstrate that today there is no more place for androgyny women. Feminine look and sexy curves seem to become a new fashion trend that will hopefully have its impact on younger generations.

So now after setting the record straight, we can dare to believe that the theory of skinny women popularity is nothing more than just a myth formed by the modern fashion industry. The truth is men prefer those ladies who are taking care of their physical condition and visiting the gym not to become skinny but to just maintain a healthy balance of muscle and fat.

Do men really prefer curvy women? Let us know what you think below…

Written by Featureworld reporter Jon Smith-Squire

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I share my 7-year-old daughter’s wardrobe, says anorexic mum…

Real-life story of anorexia appears in CLOSER, THE DAILY MAIL, DAILY MIRROR, THE SUN and DAILY STAR.

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Rebecca Jones contacted me via my website Featureworld with her quirky story about how because she is anorexic she shares her seven-year-old daughter Maisy’s clothes.

When Maisy asks for a cake, her mum Rebecca doesn’t refuse. As an anorexic, Rebecca worries if she denies her daughter any food at all, she too might develop the eating disorder. This means she worries Maisy is now slightly overweight – but Rebecca would rather have her daughter that way than as she is.

And Rebecca knows only too well how dangerous anorexia can be. Just nine months ago she had to be rushed into hospital – she had starved herself so much her heart was affected. A lack of nutrients had made her heart beat terrifyingly fast. It left her with a damaged heart – and she knows she must eat better if she is to avoid this happening again. Next time, and already with a damaged heart, it could be fatal.

However, Rebecca – whose 5ft 1″ height, dress size 4 and weight of just five stones (this has earned her the nickname ‘Pixie’) finds it impossible to eat properly. She is still anorexic – she consumes a strict 900 calories a day to maintain her body as tiny as it is and ensures she does not exceed 4 grams of fat. Her diet is also liquid because she has difficulty digesting solid food.

Rebecca, 27, who ironically works as a medical secretary, became anorexic in her early teens after she tried to diet. By the time she was 17 she was seriously ill – but managed to maintain from the outside an ordinary life. She went to university and met a man. Because her periods stopped at the age of 17 and she hadn’t had any for years, she didn’t realise she could get pregnant. In fact it was only when one day lying in bed she felt something move in her stomach that she realised she could be pregnant – she rushed to the doctors to find by then she was 7 months. However, as she was anorexic throughout her pregnancy she was still wearing a size six dress.

Fortunately baby Maisy was healthy but when her daughter was small, Rebecca’s relationship with her partner broke up and she is now a single mum.

She is desperate that Maisy doesn’t follow in her footsteps. Maisy asks her mummy why she doesn’t eat and she explains that mummy isn’t well. But she realises that her worries about Maisy following in her footsteps is also a problem. She lets Maisy eat whatever she wants – so chocolate and cup cake treats – aren’t forbidden.

Rebecca is currently on the local NHS waiting list for psychiatric help for her anorexia. She is desperate to get better as she knows another situation such as ending up again in hospital could be fatal. That is her deepest fear – that her anorexia could get the better of her and leave Maisy motherless.

As well as a deal with Closer magazine, with Rebecca’s consent her story was also placed in further deals with a number of national newspapers.

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Malissa Jones back in the news again…

Malissa Jones’ story about how she became Britain’s fattest teen and then anorexic appears this week in THAT’S LIFE magazine.

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Malissa's story in That's Life magazine

Thanks to Featureworld, a great many people have now heard or read about Malissa’s story. She was the girl who was once dubbed Britain’s Fattest Teen and is now anorexic.
In this follow-up story Malissa talks about how it felt to see herself in worldwide press coverage. She also talks about how bypass surgery meant getting pregnant was fraught with difficulty. Regular sellyourstoryuk readers will know tragically Malissa lost her baby after he was born prematurely.
Sadly Malissa’s condition hasn’t yet improved and in fact only this week she was admitted to hospital again. Fortunately, she should soon be released and we all hope she makes a recovery.
Meanwhile, I am still in contact with Malissa, boyfriend Chris and the rest of her family. Incredibly, her story continues to be sold around the world and even this week enquiries are still coming in.

You can read more about Malissa’s story here: Malissa’s story goes global and here: Malissa’s story in the press

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I find out WHY Malissa Jones went from being obese to anorexic…

Malissa Jones amazing real life story about why she has gone from being Britain’s Fattest teen to being anorexic appeared in the DAILY MAIL newspaper yesterday and THE DAILY STAR today…

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I discuss the reasons behind Malissa's eating problems...

Malissa’s shocking story has already appeared around the world – but just why did this pretty 21 year old get so fat in the first place? And then why did she become anorexic?
Eating problems are incredibly complex and for this story I spoke to several members of the family – including Malissa’s mum, Dawn.
Apart from one, all of Malissa’s family is overweight. Mum Dawn has also had a bypass. When Malissa was just 12, she underwent the same operation and Malissa now says she always believed however fat she got she could fall back on surgery.
However, it wasn’t the fix she hoped for and Malissa says since the op she has never felt well. She has constantly suffered from stomach cramps, sickness and has got one infection after another. She also hated the saggy skin left from the op. Then, she got pregnant and morning sickness worsened her symptoms. Sadly her baby didn’t survive and she now has a phobia about food.
Today her story also appeared in the Daily Star.
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Malissa Jones also appears in the Daily Star

Malissa says: “I find getting my story out there very therapeutic and despite having so much publicity I am particularly happy that I have only ever spoken with Alison about it.”

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I froze my body in time – but now I’m like an old lady…

… another story over two pages in CLOSER magazine this week! Vikki Hensley tells her true life story about anorexia…

Vikki Hensley's story about anorexia is in Closer this week...

... and is printed over two pages.

Anorexic Vikki Hensley first hit the headlines two years ago when I sold her story to NOW magazine and the DAILY MAIL twice (and it appeared on the front page…). Then she became dubbed the female Peter Pan after revealing she had never been through puberty, had a period, worn a bra or had a boyfriend. In fact, Vikki, 25, a science graduate, had literally frozen her body in time through her eating disorder.
Vikki initially became anorexic when she was bullied at school and found looking thin and vulnerable made the bullies leave her alone. But in effect this meant she never ‘grew up’ and stayed ‘looking young’ at the age of 12 ever since.
Despite pleading from her family, long spells in hospital and knowing herself how dangerous her extreme dieting could be, Vikki has continued and now thirteen years on, her health is failing.
As she tells Closer in this follow up story, due to the fact she shunned all dairy products, an extreme lack of calcium has led to brittle bones and teeth. She has the sort of severe osteoporosis even her doctor has never seen before (and not even in an elderly person). She has lost 5cms in height since her last story was published and at just 5 stones is so frail, she finds wearing a winter coat physically painful.
In a last ditch attempt to get well, Vikki is now going to live with family in Cannes, France.

She says: “I ‘d like to get better and yet I can’t eat. I know I’m destroying my body but when I look in the mirror in the morning, I still feel fat.”

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