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Playboy Models Get Fatter During Recessions

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Apparently, Playboy models get fatter during recessions. A study by Terry F. Pettijohn II and Brian J. Jungeberg at Mercyhurst College looks at how economic conditions affect beauty standards for women by investigating Playboy magazine. (Tough job, eh?) The study finds that when social and economic conditions were difficult, older, heavier, taller Playboy Playmates of the Year were selected.

Recession centerfolds had larger waists, smaller eyes, larger waist-to-hip ratios, smaller bust-to-waist ratios, and smaller body mass index values. These results suggest that environmental security may influence perceptions and preferences for women with certain body and facial features.

The thing that sucks about a recession: having no money. But the upside is that apparently men suddenly think we're hotter with a little meat on our bones. At least there's a bright side!

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kirstie November 10, 2008, 7:39 PM

Wait, how does BMI - an indicator of weight range - go down if you’re getting heavier? That doesn’t make sense.

amanda November 10, 2008, 8:44 PM

Okay…I dont get this either because I have never saw a “big” playmate. Thanks for trying to make us feel better

Auditions!!! November 11, 2008, 1:36 AM

Sounds like it time to send in your audition photos ladies :O)
Size 12s and up only!!! :OP yeah right … I wish…

Midnight December 15, 2008, 6:38 PM

Hello out there there is no such thing as men wanting and picking women who are fatter than their counterparts. Fat is food stored which really means that there is an excess of food which is being turned into fat. Men are mostly geared to women who are naturally thin. The only thing that a recession would imply is a lack of food so a need to store it. Think primitive people. That is what playboy and all that is about men’s appetite and feeding it

Anonymous December 16, 2008, 11:20 AM

This is ridiculous. Who cares if they gain some weight? Why do women compare themselves to celebrities. Their job is to work out and stay thin, on top of children and photoshoots and boyfriends or husbands. They work HARD. So why so negative. Applaud them, follow their example. Stop the negativity and the self-pity.

Fpa May 11, 2009, 5:01 PM

Why do females what to be thin so much. I feel females need to be fat. They need to feel good about themselves and have their freedom and enjoy the sweets

sugardaisy January 21, 2011, 12:24 PM

That’s a bunch of BS

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