Sizing Up Women's Attitudes Toward Their Weight, Whether Real Or Ideal

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Since men blithely let themselves go to seed, weight is seldom an emotional issue for them. Women are a different story. Though studies show them less likely than men to be overweight, women take weight personally. A new survey commissioned by Ladies’ Home Journal explores their feelings about it. The nuanced findings tend to rebut the simplistic notion that women are passive victims of a culture that exalts skinny fashion models—or, contrarily, that they have come to accept themselves as they are.

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