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Sunday, 28 November 2010

THE WEIGHT OF COMPETITION...

Normally after a trip to the gay club, I ALWAYS leave with SO many things to blog about (that will come later). I came across this article and thought it had a VERY interesting point. ABSORB & SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!

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.

Li said that, evolutionarily speaking, it would have been good to remain young and nubile-looking as long as possible to attract mates.

"These findings support the idea that the ultimate explanation for eating disorders is related to intrasexual competition," the study reads.

Interestingly, the effect was cancelled out for straight men and lesbian women, though no reason for the anomaly was offered in the study.

4 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, it's true. As same gender loving men, so many are taught to hate themselves that most of us are insecure within our physical selves. It's a shame that we can't instead learn to accept not only ourselves but also others for their inner beauty and not just the apparent.

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  2. What an interesting article and very much on point. The writer is absolutely right there is this certainly an obsession with remaining thin and youthful.

    I feel the pressure myself, there is something about remaining as youthful as possible and being thin seems to create that feeling of being attractive. The media and the clubs remind us of the competition associated with staying youthful.

    It appears to be more prevalent amongest gay me and STR8 women. I have long come to the conclusion that I am not suppose to be thin and that as I age I will gain unwated weight; maintaining good health is key.

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  3. ROGER - THIS IS EVIDENT IN THE GAY CLUBS!

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