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Old 11-11-2009, 07:48 PM   #26
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It does look like a great book. Thanks for the link SuperO
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heres a nice breakdoown of fat studies:

http://chronicle.com/article/No-Fear-of-Fat/49041/
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A widely held presumption is that sexual selection is determined by a genetic predisposition to seek out a physically healthy partner. This is often cited as a rationale for the predominant preference for thin partners.

A paper published in August by Swami and Furnham, in the Archive of Sexual Behavior journal, addresses the existence of Fat Admirers in relation to this presumption. It found that while FAs were physically attracted to fatter body types, when asked what they presumed to be a healthy body type they selected significantly thinner ones.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/243703127hg7k1p8/
Swami & Furnham, 2009, Big and Beautiful: Attractiveness and Health Ratings of the Female Body by Male ‘‘Fat Admirers’’

Here's the abstract:
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This study examined the body weight and waistto- hip ratio (WHR) preferences of ‘‘fat admirers’’ (FAs), that is, individuals who are sexually attracted to heavier partners. Fifty-six heterosexual men involved in the FA community rated a series of line drawings that varied in three levels of body weight and six of WHR for physical attractiveness and health. The results showed significant main effects of body weight and WHR, as well as a significant body weight WHR interaction for both health ratings. In general, there was a preference for heavyweight figures and high WHRs for ratings of attractiveness and normal-weight figures and mid-ranging WHRs for ratings of health. Limitations of the study and explanations for fat admiration are discussed.
and a section of the conclusion that had me raising an eyebrow a couple of times (I'm glad the researcher acknowledges the hypothetical nature of his conclusions though);

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Finally, it seems plausible that male FA is paraphilic in the sense of it being a non-mainstream sexual practice without necessarily implying dysfunction or deviance. For instance, it may be that hunger or food was involved in the behavioral imprinting of a fat fetish in early childhood, a hypothesis favored by some psychoanalysts and demonstrated experimentally in non-human species (cf. Massie & Szajnberg, 1997; Plaud & Martini, 1999). A related theory also based on the principles of behavioral imprinting argues that when young men masturbate, the objects that are frequently nearby at the time of masturbation become objects of arousal in the future (Lowenstein, 2002). The individual is thus associating the object with sexual orgasm, and this may include either eroticized images of overweight individuals, food, and so on. In preliminary discussions of ‘‘fat heterosexuality,’’ Saguy (2002) has described FA in similar terms: she argues that the attraction FAs have for BBWs is a form of fetishism that ultimately reinforces gender inequality. In this view, male fat admiration may not be much different from ‘‘thin heterosexuality,’’ in that both objectify women and, in doing so, reinforce the vulnerability of overweight women. Related eroticized behaviors, such as that between ‘‘feeders’’ and ‘‘feedees,’’ may underscore this aspect of vulnerability. A feeder, as the name suggests, is an individual in a relationship with a feedee, who is provided with an abundant supply of food either to encourage weight gain or to take pleasure from the act of eating. Saguy (2002) suggests that feeders (who tend to be men) may have the upper hand in such relationships, as feedees become dependent on them for more than just nutritional intake. In this view, then, fat admiration is located within dynamic complex of gendered forces, where the vulnerability of overweight and obese women becomes sexually arousing for some men. However, such dynamics may only be part of the story. For one thing, ‘‘squashing’’-another commonmale FA fantasy, in which one or several large women sit on a FA-may give women a sense of power over the men they squash. In turn, the squashed men may take pleasure in the feeling of being overpowered.

Clearly, more careful and detailed studies are required to examine these hypotheses. This study has made a start in documenting the attractiveness and health preferences of FAs. These findings may have important consequences for our understanding of eating and body weight disorders, as it would appear that FAs do not conform to ‘‘mainstream’’ societal ideals of what constitutes an attractive body. Extending the present research can only help elucidate the manner in which such preferences are formed and what effect that might have on the self-esteem of overweight
individuals and their admirers.

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