I saw this yesterday and laughed. Historically it has been true:
Thus because food was scarce and expensive in the Middle Ages, bigger women were seen as more desirable, because they could obviously afford plenty of food. Only the rich could get plump, in other words.
With rising food costs, I wonder if we'll see the end of the skinny waif as the height of female beauty?
I don’t think so. The cheapest calories in the grocery store are the ones in the junk food aisles (processed, loaded with fat & sugar, etc). As long as that’s true, the skinny waif ideal of beauty still correllates to wealth — less junk food, more whole foods; gym membership, etc.
Ben Sternke says
Good point. BUT, if the cost of ALL food is going up, it may prove true, from a purely caloric standpoint.