American Views of Heft Appear to Update

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Given that two-thirds of all Americans are now overweight, it's perfectly reasonable that we might be seeing more beauty in Rubenesque proportions. A new study published in the journal Rationality and Society found just that: Just 22 percent of Americans now say fat people are less attractive than others, compared to 20 years ago, when 55 percent of Americans thought round was not beautiful. Critics argue that people still feel that way, they just won't admit it.



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