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BillHartmann's picture

Please note that I am only passing this one in the interest of medical science.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24878517-23272,00.html

"FAT bottoms are the bane of many women but scientists believe oversized rears are a sign a woman's health has not gone pear-shaped.

New research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, suggests the fat responsible for producing the pear shape flaunted by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce may be active in protecting women from diseases by releasing certain hormones.

Buttock and hip fat may protect women against type 2 diabetes, from which more than 1.7 million Australians now suffer, researchers from the Harvard Medical School found."

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TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #1 of 72)

I know it's not your wording, but that kind of irresponsible language drives me insane. Anyone who thinks either Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez has a "fat" butt needs his or her head examined.


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PeterDurand's picture

(post #51664, reply #2 of 72)

Perhaps you should write to the originating source and complain. Personally I find rubenisque (sp?) figures quite attractive. FWIW ;-)

Cheers,

Peter

 


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TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #3 of 72)

My point is -- Women like Beyonce and JLo are NOT "rubenesue," in any sense of the word. Not even close. They are skinny women who still have trace amounts of flesh on their hips, unlike the microphone stands masquerading as women on the pages of the celebrity rags and the fashion mags.  


It's ridiculous to refer to either of them as anything other than thin, and doing so only reinforces the ridiculous "ideals" of body shape for women in our society.



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PeterDurand's picture

(post #51664, reply #4 of 72)

You really should take this up with the originating author.

Cheers,

Peter

 


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TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #5 of 72)

No, I don't think I will.  And I think it's worth putting the opinion out there, especially considering I acknowledged up front that the OP was not the author. But thanks anyway.


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AnnL's picture

(post #51664, reply #6 of 72)

I think it's worth putting the opinion out there


Absolutely.  If no one says anything then everyone accepts the statement that Beyonce and JLo have large butts. 


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Marcia's picture

(post #51664, reply #7 of 72)

If no one says anything then everyone accepts the statement that Beyonce and JLo have large butts.

I do so agree with you and Tracy, and find what constitutes "fat" nowadays, just shocking.

AnnL's picture

(post #51664, reply #8 of 72)

Isn't sad?  Especially when you also consider that the camera really does add pounds. 

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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Marcia's picture

(post #51664, reply #9 of 72)

I hadn't even considered the camera, but you're right, of course. :(

ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #15 of 72)

I don't think anybody would describe JLo or Beyonce as fat but it is undeniable that they are pear shaped, Beyonce even describes herself as "bootylicious". It's not a bad thing or a criticism, it's just a statement of the rather obvious (as anyone who has watched their videos can see). It is healthy to carry around a certain amount of subcutaneous fat (although "fat" does tend to be an emotional word) and the underlying point of the research (regardless of the tabloid-style reporting) was that the type of fat and where you carry it may have some impact on ongoing health.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

BossHog's picture

(post #51664, reply #16 of 72)

I don't think that JLO or Shakira have big butts. But I'm willing to do some extensive research just to make sure.

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TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #17 of 72)

jennifer lopez and beyonce


And I think your post is further evidence of how ridiculous it's gotten when "pear shaped" or "fat" is used to describe the buttocks and/or bodies above, in any regard.


So thanks for making my point.


 



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

Marcia's picture

(post #51664, reply #18 of 72)

I've seen Jennifer Lopez called fat or heavy more than once, which is silly, IMHO.

teebee's picture

(post #51664, reply #19 of 72)

After rereading the post a few times, the article does not call the celebrities "fat," but rather points out how the fat (everyone has fat, but not everyone is "fat") is distributed on bodies. People who are "pear shaped" (not necessarily "fat") carry their fat on their buttocks/hip area, as opposed to an "apple shaped" person who carries their fat on their upper body.

That being said, I totally agree that the media portrays healthy sized celebrities as fat way too much.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #20 of 72)

I'm not trying to pick nits here, but the gist of the article is that "'fat butts' -- like those of JLo and Beyonce -- may be helpful and not harmful."


I've already acknowledged many times that I'm not necessarily responding to this particular article other than as one of millions of examples of the totally out-of-wack representation of the female body in popular media, and its negative effect on women's body image.



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #21 of 72)

I think you put it much better than I did, obviously still not well enough to satisfy Tracy who takes the most extreme possible interpretation, but a balanced view, which also says that skinny is not necessarily healthy, often far from it.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #23 of 72)

Seriously? How many freaking times do I need to point out that I am not solely responding to this article in particular, but to the issue in society at large??


Come on Ashley, surely you are smart enough to understand this.



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor


Edited 1/9/2009 12:22 pm ET by TracyK

ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #24 of 72)

I think we already know where you're coming from.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #25 of 72)

Apparently not, since people seem to feel the need to keep telling me how I'm misinterpreting the article.


"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

MadMom's picture

(post #51664, reply #26 of 72)

I'm with you, kiddo.  Want to join my fat butt over in the corner for some bubbly and chocolates?



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ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #27 of 72)

Exactly.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #28 of 72)

?



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #30 of 72)

Well if enough people tell me I'm wrong (and enough is usually any number greater than one) I do question whether I still think I'm right or just have a different world view. And if, having decided that it's a different world view, I ought to keep banging on about it without anything new to say.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #31 of 72)

There is no "right" or "wrong."


Which part of "I'm not talking about this particular article" are you choosing to ignore or failing to understand?



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

ashleyd's picture

(post #51664, reply #32 of 72)

You are talking about this particular article, and then extending that to give us your view of the world in relation to its content, which is fine. But then you're not adding anything, just arguing with anybody that has a different view. As I said previously, I think we all know where you're coming from, for you fat is a feminist issue, I have no problem with that.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #33 of 72)

There haven't been "different views," there have just been people pointing out how I'm misreading the article, which I'm not.



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

PeterDurand's picture

(post #51664, reply #35 of 72)

Gee, you guys. Can I play at "have the last word" too?

My turn: last word

Cheers,

Peter

 


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Jean's picture

(post #51664, reply #36 of 72)

Zoodles and poutine should not be the last word!


ETA they'll give you big bums for sure.



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Edited 1/9/2009 2:36 pm ET by Jean

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TracyK's picture

(post #51664, reply #37 of 72)

I have a better idea... let's all go around adding our two cents to silly conversations that don't really involve us, as if what we're adding is any less petty than the stupid pedantic argument already happening!


I think your last word was technically "poutine..." by the way. ;-)



"The happy StairMaster president is on his way to a mansionette in Dallas, to be the decider of where to put the sofa."
                                                            --Garrison Keillor

PeterDurand's picture

(post #51664, reply #38 of 72)

Peter: last word, last word, last word

Next..

Cheers

 


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