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There is no such thing as the perfect body however we all continue to strive for this goal Advertising contains models and ideas of what the perfect body should look like unfortunately someone forgot to tell the marketers that the models in their ads represent a very small portion of the worlds population The traditional attitudes towards diet body image and fitness in the past have made many people so obsessed with looking perfect that they go as far as putting their lives in danger Studies where done by Paul Rozen and April Fallon to see how the populations views their body and how they should look Steven Blair took the time to re think fitness in his study on David Alexander and finally the Pima Indians of Arizona and our collective metabolism Paul Rozin and April Fallon of the University of Pennsylvania did a study using both male and female American College students The students were asked o view a number of body shapes of both male and female that ranged from unbelievably skinny to obese There were then asked to the image that they thought they most closely resemble followed by the image they wished they looked like and then finally they were asked to choose the image they thought the opposite sex would prefer The study showed that 80 of the guys were generally satisfied with their body appearance However 90 of the women thought that they were much larger than they actually were Most of the women also reported that they felt men wanted really thin women It was found that men claimed to be attracted to women with a hip to waist ratio of 3 large or thin Rozin and Fallon concluded that many of these students have an idea of what the perfect body should be and they are all striving for it even though it doesnt exist Their findings pointed to what is known as body image distortion
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