Normally after a trip to the gay club, I ALWAYS leave with SO many things to blog about (that will come later). I came across this article and thought it had a VERY interesting point. ABSORB & SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!
The drive among women and homosexual men to lose weight comes more from a competitive instinct than a personal one, new research suggests.
The study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, found that a natural competitive instinct forces people to compare themselves with those who are more successful than them. And in a society that equates thinness with youthfulness and attractiveness, competing against someone successful often means losing weight.
Researcher Norman Li told New Scientist magazine that the effect is likely evolutionary since western civilizations tend to gain weight as they age.
Li said that, evolutionarily speaking, it would have been good to remain young and nubile-looking as long as possible to attract mates.
"These findings support the idea that the ultimate explanation for eating disorders is related to intrasexual competition," the study reads.
Interestingly, the effect was cancelled out for straight men and lesbian women, though no reason for the anomaly was offered in the study.
SOURCE: THE SUDBURY STAR