thighs each: 24
calves each: 16
upperarm each: 11.5
wrist each: 6
EDIT: Remeasured: March 13, 2007 - 10pm LOST 12 INCHES in 2 MONTHS: Woot woot woot
Bust: 40 (lost 2)
underBust: 35 (lost 2)
waist: 32 (lost 2)
hips: 41.5 (lost 1.5)
thighs each: 23 (lost 1 x2legs)
calves each: 15 (lost 1 x2legs)
upperarm each: 11.5 (same)
wrist each: 6 (same)
neck: 12.5 (lost .5)
strait across shoulder to shoulder (outside front) 20", waist 16", hips 18"
"ideals" from bodybuilding site:
Wrist Size: 6 Inches
28inches or more to lose? Ug!
Your ideal body measurements are:
Chest Size: 39
Waist Size: 27.3
Hip Size: 33
Thigh Size: 20.7
Calve Size: 13.2
Bicep Size: 14.4
Forearm Size: 11.3
Neck Size: 14.4
philosophy on the idea & changes to "averages":
In 1950 mannequins closely resembled the average measurements of women. The average hip measurement of mannequins and women were 34 inches. By 1990 the average hip measurement was 37 inches, while the average mannequins hip measured only 31 inches.
If today’s mannequins were actual human women, based on their theoretical body-fat percentages they would have probably ceased to menstruate.
The average U.S. woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds. In contrast the average U.S. model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.
Over the last three decades fashion models, Miss America contestants, and Playboy centerfolds have grown steadily thinner, while the average woman’s weight has actually risen.
Also over the last three decades male Playgirl centerfolds have become more muscular and have less body fat, while the average man’s weight and percentage of body fat has increased.
Some of the pictures of the models in magazines do not really exist. The pictures are computer-modified compilations of different body parts.
A study found that 25% of Playboy centerfolds met the weight criteria for Anorexia.
Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less.
Kate Moss is 5’7” and weights 95 pounds. That is 30% below ideal body weight.
Supermodels Niki Taylor and Elle Macpherson also meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
Gisele Bundchen was Vogue’s model of the year, in part the magazine states, because she strays from the rail-thin image. Gisele is 5’11” and weights only 115, that is 25% below her ideal body weight.
80% of women who answered a People magazine survey responded that images of women on television and in the movies make them feel insecure.
Actresses Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz and singer Diana Ross all meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
Model/Actress Elizabeth Hurley stated in Allure magazine “I’ve always thought Marilyn Monroe looked fabulous, but I’d kill myself if I was that fat.”
Pamela Anderson is 5’7” and weights 120 pounds. She is supposed to be the voluptuous ideal yet she is 11% below ideal body weight. In contrast, a generation ago Marilyn Monroe set the beauty standard at 5’5” and weighed 135 pounds. Today her agent would probably tell her she had to lose weight!
Changing society’s view cannot happen overnight, but here are a few suggestions to help you defend against negative messages:
Be Realistic - Women's bodies are designed to store fat for a developing child. Those models and actors you admire starve themselves, punish themselves with extreme workouts and endure surgery to look the way they do.
Variety is the spice of life - If we all looked exactly the same life would be boring. Get into the uniqueness of you.
Appreciate your body - Reestablish a positive relationship with your body. Your body is the most valuable asset you will ever own. All of Bill Gates money could not recreate you. Begin viewing your body as an instrument and not an ornament. Learn to appreciate your body for what it can do, not for what it looks like. Make a list of those things you like about your body.
Pamper your body - Take a long hot bath and sooth yourself. Spoil yourself by getting a massage.
Exercise - Studies have shown that when people participate in even moderate exercise, such as walking, they feel more connected and better about their bodies.
You can’t judge a book by its cover - There is a lot more to you than what you look like. Your appearance is not your identity. Make a list of your traits that you really like. Think about the people you admire and look up to. You admire these individuals because of who they are, not because of what they look like.
Surround yourself with support- Seek out others in your life who value you for who you are and not for what you look like. Find people who exhibit a healthy relationship with their body. Avoid those who tease or are constantly focusing on their weight.
Throw away the scale- For many individuals, the number the scale reads in the morning determines what kind of day they are going to have. If the scale number is higher than they had hoped for they feel depressed and if they met their weight goal they feel elated. Constant weighing usually turns into a negative experience that leads to dissatisfaction and obsession. Many individuals have chosen to smash their scales and in the process have freed themselves from having their emotions tied to a number that has nothing at all to do with who they really are.
Mealtime equals Family time- Studies have shown that families that eat meals together have a lower occurrence of eating disorders. Making time to eat together as a complete family can be difficult with all the family’s divergent responsibilities and activities but mealtimes may be one of the most important events of the day. Mealtimes together allow family members to check-in with each other, model appropriate eating behaviors, and provides a forum to resolve conflict both within and outside the family.
Be a good role model - Your children will have enough pressure from the media and peers. Try not to express dissatisfaction with your body in front of your children. Seventy-seven percent of children first learn about dieting from a family member, usually a parent. Studies have shown that parents who displayed dissatisfaction with their body were more likely to have children with body image disturbances when they became adults. Families of eating disordered individuals also tend to be overly concerned with physical attractiveness and social appearance. Discuss with your children the ridiculous nature of the media’s portrayal of body image and encourage them not to buy into it.
The following is a poem written by one of our former clients about the media and its influence on her.The one day I did
One day I actually picked up one of those subscription cards
That are always falling out of magazines
It was dropped by a woman who was everything I wanted to be
(and God, she was thin)
I looked down at myself,
My mediocre self
And I thought it was time to get a subscription
I took the card home and filled it out
And dropped it in the mailbox
Not knowing that when I signed my name I also signed away
Peace of mind
When the issues started coming
I soaked them in greedily
But still I remained nothing more than me
And I thought
This isn’t working, I have to try harder
So I found a community
Of people like me
And we shared what we were
What we should be
And how we should get there.
Some of us succeeded and some of us failed,
Some of us got fed-up and stopped reading
Some of us got the magazine ripped out of our hands,
And some of us died.
I never thought it would go this far, never thought that at
I’d be thankful to be alive
I tried to cancel my subscription, but was denied.
Didn’t you read the fine print?
Once you signed you are stuck with me for life
A never ending barrage of models and
Grapefruit diets and
How to please your man and
How to tone your thighs and
How to slowly kill yourself by aiming for the unattainable.
I shove each new magazine in the back of my closet
But something in me can’t bear to throw them out,
All those back issues of angst and devotion
I admit sometime my curiosity gets the better of my
And I open the pages just to see what’s new inside
Just to see
And God they are thin (perfect)
But it’s not hard to seem flawless when you’re
I looked down at my arms and I turned them and
Pinched the flesh I tried for nine years to melt away
I sighed with the resignation that
I was 3-D.
I stood up and left my house and started
To resume my life.
White women ages 18-25: 38-32-41
White women ages 36-45: 41-34-43
Black women on average: 43-37-46
Hispanic women on average: 42.5-36-44
Other women in America (mostly Asian): 41-35-43
As a footnote, Barbie's measurements equate to 39-18-33. Wow - those artificial breasts are way up there, aren't they? Go Barbie!
White men ages 18-25: 43-35-41 with a 16-inch collar
White men ages 36-45: 44-38-42
Black men on average: 43-37-42
Hispanic men on average: 44-38-42
Other men in America: 42-37-41