Hourglass Figures - Headed for Extinction?Posted on Jan 12th 2009 4:00PM by Martha Edwards
But even out of the spotlight, in the homes of the average folk, it seems the hourglass is disappearing -- we're carrying more weight in our tummies than our hips, according to recent studies, and our hip-to-waist ratios are going down, especially in cultures where women tend to be more financially independent. And our jobs are to blame.
"According to anthropologist Elizabeth Cashdan, high-powered working women are less likely to have the classic shape of a tiny waist with wide hips and large bosom due to the stress levels associated with their jobs," say the findings, found here. "As a result, working women today are more likely to have a more 'straight up and down' figure."
You might be able to live with the extra belly fat, but your body can't -- carrying extra padding around your waist is really unhealthy. Whatever your body shape, you should aim for a healthy BMI through a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise.