Researchers compared statistics from a National Sizing Survey taken in 1951, with those from a new body shape survey by The Vitality Show.
The results showed that the average female bust-waist-hips ratio in 1951 was 37-27-39. Today the average is 40-34-40. Long gone are the classic minuscule-waist, hour-glass figures of Hollywood’s heyday – it’s clear to see the female form has changed significantly. So why is this, and what does this mean for modern women?
Experts believe that the body-shape changes can be attributed to a combination of stressful modern living and increased accessibility to unhealthy processed foods.
According to Dr Marilyn Glenville, stress can cause people to put on weight...