The obese and physically handicapped are as happy with their looks as the fit and slim

People learn to accept their bodies, even if they are far from the ideal body of commercials and glossy magazines. Slim and fit men and women are not more satisfied with their bodies than people who are obese or are physically handicapped.

There is a strong consensus on what an attractive body looks like – for both men and women, it is all about being slim and fit from exercising. Perhaps it is more surprising that the informants in a new study who were the furthest away from this ideal, were not less satisfied with their looks than those who were quite slim and fit. This suggests that people with strongly deviant bodies grow accustomed to their physical deviance and, to a degree, stops worrying about what others might think of them.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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