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Hourglass figure not always healthy.

Having an imperfect body may not be all that bad, says a new article, which claims that ‘imperfections’ come with substantial benefits for Hourglass figures are not always good some women. The report has been published in the December issue of Current Anthropology. The hormones that make women physically stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tend to redistribute fat from the hips to the waist, according to Elizabeth Cashdan, an anthropologist at the University of Utah. So in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources, they may be less likely to have the classic hourglass figure. Cashdan’s hypothesis aims to explain a peculiar observation. Women around the world tend to have larger waist-to-hip ratios—more cylindrical rather than hourglass-shaped bodies—than is considered optimal. Medical studies have shown that a curvy waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower is associated with higher fertility and lower rates of chronic disease. Studies have also shown that men prefer a ratio of 0.7 or lower when looking for a mate. The preference makes perfect sense, according to evolutionary psychologists, because the low ratio is a reliable signal of a healthy, fertile woman. But in data that Cashdan compiled from 33 non-Western populations and 4 European populations, the average waist-to-hip ratio for women is above 0.8. If 0.7 is the magic number both in terms of health and male mate choice, why are most women significantly higher? That’s where the hormones come in. 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. But on the upside, increased androgen levels are also associated with increased strength, stamina, and competitiveness. Cortisol, a hormone that helps the body deal with stressful situations, also increases fat carried around the waist. "The hormonal profile associated with high WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) may favour succe
Tue, 28 Jul 2009
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Achieving an “Hourglass figure” has become every female’s goal as this body type is considered ideal by scientists. But, a new study suggests that the classic hour-glass figure is not the ideal body type for women. It is believed that a woman with so called hourglass shape - a tiny waist, big breasts and curvy hips - is more fertile and healthier. But a novel study by a University of Utah anthropologist, Elizabeth Cashdan, says that the hourglass form that convention holds as the perfect feminine shape is not so perfect after all. The anthropologist said flatter hips and a larger waist may have a different set of benefits: strength, assertiveness, competitiveness and an ability to cope with stress. According to Cashdan, it is not the body shape that makes a woman perfect, rather it is the hormonesdefine that play the key role in making a woman fertile and healthy. Cashdan said that the hormones that boost a woman’s physical strength to make her more competitive and better able to deal with stress als
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Well It seems that hour glass figure is mainly maintained by Models & artists// Hume Iss se Kya lena-dena??
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