Tell me, science, why does a gay man like me care so much about his fitness? “The drive among women and homosexual men to lose weight comes more from a competitive instinct than a personal one, new research suggests. The study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, found that a natural competitive instinct forces people to compare themselves with those who are more successful than them. And in a society that equates thinness with youthfulness and attractiveness, competing against someone successful often means losing weight. Researcher Norman Li told New Scientist magazine that the effect is likely evolutionary since western civilizations tend to gain weight as they age.” Finally, we can stop blaming magazines.
“And in a society that equates thinness with youthfulness and attractiveness, competing against someone successful often means losing weight.”
I think we equate FITNESS (not thinness) with being attractive and healthy.
@Ian: Having a fit body is a good start and it’s healthy (and attractive). The reason many people are NOT fit is because it takes EFFORT. Lazy is easy.
@Alex: Stop using the word “thin” to defend obesity. I said FIT is healthy and attractive. Thin can be unhealthy, too.
To be fit means to be able to exert yourself and to have a healthy heart/body. We were never meant to have extra fat. A fit person typically has body fat of less than 15%. Athletes are less than 10%. Half of America is more than 30% body fat – it’s very unhealthy. Do the math.
Obesity is our number one cause of healthcare costs and illness, after cigarette smoking. Both of those things are preventable.