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Men Think Women Are Fatter Than They Are

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February 27th, 2012

Not news: new study reveals that women tend to think they are fatter than they are.

News: the same study also reveals that men are also starting to think women are fatter than they are.

Yeah. Uh oh.

The study was conducted by the Danish Institute for Government Research. Their goal, in light of the global obesity epidemic, was to get a better understanding of how people perceive their own weight. So they asked men and women whether they believed they were overweight, underweight, or just right; then they checked their answers against their actual BMI.

The most basic conclusion of this study was hardly surprising: people generally do not accurately categorize their weight. Also not surprising was the conclusion that most men think they’re skinnier than they really are, while most women think the opposite.

Researchers have not announced whether their findings mean Kim Kardashian is hot or not.

But what wassurprising was the finding that men, while believing themselves to be perfect physical specimens, tend to overestimate the weight of women. This is a new trend, and sociologists involved with the study think it has arisen because the way women perceive their weight has started to rub off on men.

As Vibeke Tornhøj Christensen explains, “this shows us that it's not only us women who have unrealistic perceptions of our weight, but that the perceptions tend to transfer between the sexes, leaving both sexes with this perception.”

So guys, the bad news is you probably think your lady is fatter than she really is—which could get you in a load of trouble. The good news, however, is it’s not your fault. It’s hers. Or at least the media’s. (Ah, the media! Is there anything for which they can’t be blamed?)

Still, this research has left me somewhat confused: does this mean Kim Kardashian is not hot after all?

[via Gizmodo]

I am a freelance writer specializing in sports, humor, politics, technology, and, from time to time, pop culture. Also, Esteban is not my real name, but I wish was.
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