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Obesity

October 2, 2014

Chubbettes

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 02, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Children, 1950's, Obesity,

June 28, 2014

June 9, 2014

Playking Athletic Belt

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Wow, a sports girdle for fat boys! And in the last panel, it seems to have had the power to change Fatty's hair color as well!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 09, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Sports, Children, 1950's, Obesity,

April 28, 2014

The Big Ballet



One only hopes that the current ill will towards Russia does not prevent the 2014 tour of The Big Ballet.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 28, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Dance, Russia, Obesity,

February 25, 2014

December 30, 2012

Perfection Is Not Timeless

Miss Elsie Scheel was proclaimed the perfect female specimen in a 1912 New York Times piece. At 5'7" and 171 pounds, how far from ideal would she be proclaimed to be today? Perhaps some of the hysterics over the 'obesity epidemic' are a matter of perspective and cultural norms. On the other hand, she was a blue eyed blonde, so that preference holds.

Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 30, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Obesity,

August 8, 2012

How To Lose Weight in 60 Seconds

Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 08, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Body Modifications, Stop-motion Animation, Obesity,

July 3, 2011

Weight Gain Program

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Why is it we never hear about such problems these days?

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 03, 2011 - Comments (2)
Category: Body, Obesity, Business, Advertising, Products, 1930's,

May 1, 2010

Love Is Blind Department

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I had to snap this picture covertly, on the streets of Providence, with my camera held at waistlevel and viewfinder image unseen, so I'm surprised it came out as good as it did. Circumstances prevented me from gaping at whatever was on the front of the shirt.

The legend on the back says:

I'M PROUD I MARRIED SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AS YOURSELF
I LOVE YOUR QUALITIES
LOVE PS


A whole lotta lovin' for a whole lot of woman!

Click foto to "enlarge."

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 01, 2010 - Comments (9)
Category: Body, Obesity, Fashion, Signage, Outsider Art, Public Indecency,

February 3, 2010

Weird Science - I Sing The Body Eccentric

President Obama’s recent fall in approval rating may have an unusual cause, he may possibly be too thin. In a recent study by Elizabeth Miller of the University of Missouri, voters prefer their male politicians to be portly, while women representatives should be more wasp-waisted. In an experiment involving 120 volunteers, people were asked to assess fictitious male and female candidates from a brief bio and a picture, crucially two pictures of each candidate were used, a natural one and one manipulated to portray the person as overweight. People shown the heavier male scored him an average 10% higher for reliability, honesty, dependability and inspiration than his thinner doppelganger, but this relationship was reversed in the woman candidate. In the journal Obesity, Miller puts this down to societal expectation and stereotyping (Telegraph).

Social pressure also crops up in explaining another finding this week, this one by Meridith Young of McMaster University in Ontario, that what single women eat depends a lot on whom they are eating with. After covertly monitoring the canteen behaviour of 470 undergraduates, Young found that women significantly lowered their calorie intake when sat with men compared with all women groups. Moreover, the more men a woman sat with, the less on average she consumed. In the journal Appetite, she puts the discrepancy down to women unconsciously advertising themselves to men, adding "the salad leaves are meant to say, I'm pretty, I'm attractive, I take care of myself" (Guardian).

Of course, we all know what men really like in a woman; that she not appear too powerful. Or so says a study by Brian Meier and Sarah Dionne of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. In the study, eighty 19 year-olds were asked to rate the attractiveness of a number of images presented in random order, some of which would be repeated. In fact the subjects saw each image twice, once near the top of the screen and once low down. The researchers found that men rated women 1.8% more attractive when observed near the bottom, and women found men 1.5% better looking when higher up. They suggest that their findings might explain why men are taller than their women partners more frequently than would be expected by chance (Times of India).

As to what women really like in men, perhaps not being British should be somewhere on the list. After champagne controversially lost out to an English wine earlier this week, French scientists have hit back at British research that concluded that the mythical “G-spot” did not exist. “Of course it exists,” say French gynaecologists, “you just can’t find it!” The original study by King’s College in London looked at over 900 pairs of identical or non-identical twins in the expectation that the identical siblings should both report having a G-spot more frequently than the others, they did not. The French however claim their cross-channel colleagues have got the wrong end of the speculum, “It is not a question of genetics but of use," said one (Telegraph).



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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Wed Feb 03, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Babies, Cosmetics, Exercise and Fitness, Politics, Science, Anthropology, Experiments, Psychology, Sexuality, Divorce, Obesity,

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