People spend a lot of time in the US talking about how there are very unrealistic depictions of women in the media. A third of women in the United States are obese, and people often point out that depicting a conventionally attractive woman as ‘thin’ isn’t neccesarily an accurate portrayal of an average woman in the United States.
I’m curious about two things: First, does a higher rate of Obesity (US has the highest rate in the developed world) alter American standards favorably or unfavorably toward obese women?
Second, do other countries have the same correlation? Some countries in Europe, South America, and Asia have comparitavely few obese women- to the point that in some places its extremely rare. I’m wondering if cultural standards in these countries lean either favorably or unfavorably toward obese women.
There is a common perception that in regions more prone to famine/scarcity of food obesity is considered a more ‘desirable’ quality because it implies the obese person has a lifestyle/status/fortune to be well fed, and those qualities may benefit a potential partner. But in places like the United States where obesity is quite common, is the opposite true? The fatter we get, the more obsessed we are with getting thin?