You May Not Have to Be Thin to Be Sexy Anymore -- Hallelujah!

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woman dietingTurns out, New Year's resolution season isn't what it used to be. Women are actually "dieting" less these days, according to a new survey of 3,800 adults, which found 11 percent fewer women were "on a diet" in 2012 vs. 1992. Even worse is the fact that in 1985, most women thought being thin was more attractive than being heavy, but fewer than 1 in 4 agree now. Oh boy. That's it. We are totally on a crash course for society as it exists in Wall-E, where humans are all obese and sit in floating chairs all day drinking huge sodas and staring at screens!

OR ... people are just starting to be more health conscious over body conscious? Maybe our perception of beauty is finally starting to shift from the ridiculous to the realistic?

Or what we could be dealing with here is simply a matter of semantics. In 1992, more people said they were on a "diet" or "dieting," because that wasn't a dirty word yet. It was a trendy one! These days, no one wants to be seen as a "dieter." It's much more acceptable to say you've adopted a "healthy lifestyle." So, it's possible that the people surveyed really were doing something to lose weight or watch their weight; they just don't call it a diet.

But the idea that we're starting to think "being thin" isn't as hot as we used to? Well, that's good news! It doesn't mean we're glorifying obesity. Or that our perception of attractiveness is all out of whack because we're all fatsos in 2013. It may simply mean that maybe we're starting to realize that skinny doesn't necessarily equal healthy. Curves -- as in the natural shape of a healthy female frame -- like Beyonce's and/or a ripped, fit body like Jillian Michaels', are hot. Skin and bones are not. And, yes, perhaps having a few extra pounds doesn't necessarily mean you're going to die sooner. In fact, someone who's a bit "heavier" may still be healthier than someone else who's skinny but guzzles diet soda, smokes cigarettes, or has no comprehension of eating in a nutritious way.

At the same time, I see no need for hand-wringing about how this must mean women are slowly but surely "letting themselves go." Obesity is an epidemic, but I'd still venture to guess we're a looooooong way off from it becoming the standard -- or even a socially acceptable form -- of beauty.

What do you think -- have we changed for better or worse when it comes to the perception of the ideal weight and dieting?


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sofia... sofia0587

How about just losing weight to be healthy? Or does that not matter anymore?

Flori... Floridamom96

All I know is that I'm overweight and my husband thinks I'm hot. That's all that matters to me.

cleig... cleigh717

There is someone for everybody. I don't think size matrs in matrs of the heart but I'm glad less r dieting. Wasn't an anorexic look and heroine chic popular in the early nineties then too? With most ppl in america being overweight or obese I think its safe to say that our opinion of beauty should change. How can it not? Its not like the nineties was this great time in americas health-conscious culture or nething. . .

bleed... bleedingheart8D

I am working out again but i am doing for my health because I am off the charts and my kids only have me, so I need to be the best I can be for them.

nonmember avatar Iris

To me personally i feel sexye thin. Soooooooooo you won't be saying no muffin top on me. I think every woman is gorgeous but in my own comfort and taste I, ME, I , MYSELF rather be thin. I do try to be as healthy as my budget allows but like I said I rather be thin.

nonmember avatar Crazymomma6

I feel attractive when im skinny. But being at 115lbs I was in no way healthy at all. I smoke, never eat and when I do its usually sweets and energy drinks. I have put on about 15lbs and appear heavier but im starting to feel healthier bc I drink more water and eat normal foods now. Sooo I have felt my unhealthiest when I was skinny.

babyb... babybirch

I don't have a choice, I come a family of skinny women. I still feel sexy regardless - especially because I'm HEALTHY, and that's what is the most important.

nonmember avatar blh

Peoples perception has changed BC so many people are overweight. Why do you think its a good thing that people think its OK to be fat? Its not healthy and it certainly isn't attractive.

godde... goddess99

I think half the people just don't care anymore and the other half want to TRY to be healthier.

Miche... MichelleK41

I think a lot of people are not dieting for health reasons but for fad reasons.

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