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This is a discussion on Your unique female body shape. within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; I wanna say hourglass, but my breasts aren't big enough so I dunno....

  1. #41

    I wanna say hourglass, but my breasts aren't big enough so I dunno.
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  2. #42

    I'm a pear shape in the fat-determined system and currently a busty A shape in the bone-determined one; provided I ever lose this extra weight, I may find I'm actually an X or 8/X hybrid. Most of my weight gain goes to my thighs, butt, and boobs (mostly the thighs and butt), and despite having a ridiculously short waist, it stays proportionally small. It does, however, develop a very pronounced hip shelf; I joke that whether skinny or overweight, I still have no waist one way or the other.

  3. #43

    Not sure, l'd have to be a weird combo.

    l am pretty dysmorphic about my body and don't ''understand'' it (for lack of a better term, can't perceive my body very well and am just altogether mentally damaged) so relying on comments from other people has been both something l kind of had to do but ultimately unhealthy.


    Not an ectomorph, but can be quite thin, although l promise you l put on weight more easily than people think l do.

    Can you be a mesomorph who can't gain and lose muscle easily , only fat o_O
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  5. #44

    Quote Originally Posted by Kanerou View Post
    @Promethea, you forgot the hourglass category from the first article.

    I really like the idea behind the thread. The system below is my favorite and has been since I discovered it; rather than assessing women based on fat, it assesses them based on bone structure, which will never change, though it acknowledges that fat gain can change one's shape. The site also does quite a bit on body proportions, showing how being short in a certain measurement leads to more weight gain there (except for some of us weird ones).

    A (pear)
    O (apple)
    H (rectangle)
    I (boyish)
    X (low-hip hourglass)
    8 (high-hip hourglass)
    V (inverted triangle)
    Wow, this is great, finally a body shape that totally describes me! X marks the spot!

  6. #45

    I have an hourglass-like figure, with slightly wider bust and shoulders than hips and waist. I put weight on my stomach really easily - if I work hard and diet, I have a really nice, slim waist, however, fatty doesn't exercise and has been eating leftover easter chocolate, so I feel very flabby today.

    I have a very heavy bone structure, so even at my thinnest (visible hip bones, defined waist) it's towards the higher end of the BMI scale. I went on one of those weird scales which measure body fat percentage and it told me I was only a few percent below my clearly overweight father :(

    I am most certainly an endomorph - I get fat really easily, muscle goes on moderately. To be honest, I don't let my actual weight bother me too much - what's more important is whether my long-lost love handles are starting to re-emerge.
    Last edited by Falling Leaves; 04-21-2014 at 05:21 AM.
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  7. #46

    I personally think it would be the sanest thing to forget about ALL those categorisations. I mean, notice how everyone rallies to fit themselves into the categories of this thread and at the same time complains about what they're NOT happy with, and what they'd like to be instead?

    It would of course be great if everyone would go: "Oh yeah, that's why I mainly gain fat around my stomach, no reason to worry", but I don't think that's how most of our minds work. I rather hold the view: Why does it even matter if you are an hourglass or a pear? It's not as if these categorisations don't put pressure on women, because most women think it's desirable to be an hourglass or something that most closely resembles a triangle/V with bigger boobs and narrow hips/slim legs. They know they're a pear, but they're still not happy with it. They know they're endomorph, but they want to be ectomorph. In my view, it doesn't help at all, it just puts the (sometimes unhealthy) focus on something else.

    I personally believe that every woman can look good if she looks after herself and dresses well. I personally also believe in working out and eating healthily. It doesn't change your frame, but it changes your tone and a lot of other things:
    You feel a lot better overall, because it also influences your mind, both psychologically and physiologically. It also changes the appearance of your skin, for example: Your face looks a lot healthier if you don't eat too much processed crap.

    That, however, is everyone's personal decision. As long as whatever you do leads to your being happy with who you are, you're doing something right. If you'd like to change your body, that's your right, too, but it shouldn't be to confirm to whatever the current ideal is. If we're really honest though, we all know it's not gonna happen for a lot of people since we're not living in a vacuum: We're surrounded by "beauty standards" every day. It takes inner strength and confidence to not give a hoot about them. If you have neither, no amount of info about body-types will change that you don't feel good about yourself. Sad but true...
    Last edited by FallingSlowly; 04-21-2014 at 04:41 AM. Reason: typos
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  8. #47

    I'm not sure if I'm an inverted triangle or the banana shape, because my measurements say banana but my shoulders are pretty wide set in my opinion and I just started developing hips so that's kind of changing but with a 25" waist I'm gonna say banana...
    I don't get the frame size - sorry :/
    I think I'm a mix of Ecto and Meso because I'm naturally skinny but my arms have always been naturally muscly and I do nothing. NOTHING! o_o
    And I'm definitely a fast twitch...


    I want bigger boobs though...

  9. #48

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    I personally think it would be the sanest thing to forget about ALL those categorisations. I mean, notice how everyone rallies to fit themselves into the categories of this thread and at the same time complains about what they're NOT happy with, and what they'd like to be instead?
    It wasn't my perception that everyone was unhappy with their bodies in this thread -- and if some are, it certainly didn't start with this thread, the damage was already done. Maybe if people were aware of this more early on, they would be more accepting of their bodies as they develop into a womanly form.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    It would of course be great if everyone would go: "Oh yeah, that's why I mainly gain fat around my stomach, no reason to worry", but I don't think that's how most of our minds work.
    Well actually - after I learned more about all of this and discovered that I'm an inverted triangle instead of an hourglass, I customized my workouts more to fit that, and I'm actually really excited about this. : )

    Knowledge is power.. Knowledge is also acceptance and I will get to that.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    I rather hold the view: Why does it even matter if you are an hourglass or a pear?
    At some point you end up talking about "dressing well" in this post, which is dependent on guess what - your body type.

    The same outfit that flatters a pear might not flatter an apple. Some people just instinctively know what looks more flattering on their figure, others end up reading articles like the one I read, where it tells you what type of swimsuit flatters your figure best.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    It's not as if these categorisations don't put pressure on women, because most women think it's desirable to be an hourglass or something that most closely resembles a triangle/V with bigger boobs and narrow hips/slim legs. They know they're a pear, but they're still not happy with it. They know they're endomorph, but they want to be ectomorph. In my view, it doesn't help at all, it just puts the (sometimes unhealthy) focus on something else.
    Is it realistic to think that if we ignore the fact that one size/shape doesn't fit all, all women are just going to magically stop focusing on their bodies? I am trying to help them have more realistic goals.

    And spiritually, I think the healthy thing to do upon realizing one cannot change something, is to embrace it and do something positive with it.

    Its the women who think that through diet and exercise they can just morph into an unrealistic goal who are worse off, obviously. I was watching a british documentary, talking about how -most- uk women are or have been on a diet at some point in their lives. What if you realized you're perfectly healthy carrying 20 more lbs than your friend whos a smaller frame -- this is where self-healing, instead of self-hating, can come from -truth-.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    I personally believe that every woman can look good if she looks after herself and dresses well.
    So yeah, as I was saying before - people who help others professionally, to find their most flattering cuts of clothing, are actually using body type theory.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    I personally also believe in working out and eating healthily. It doesn't change your frame, but it changes your tone and a lot of other things:
    You feel a lot better overall, because it also influences your mind, both psychologically and physiologically. It also changes the appearance of your skin, for example: Your face looks a lot healthier if you don't eat too much processed crap.
    Well sure - everyone needs to eat well and exercise enough. No one is saying don't.

    And you're right - it doesn't change your frame. I have been privy to many an eating disordered girl who thinks shes fat because of her large frame, even with her joints poking out. Someone should probably let those girls know that not everyone has a tiny frame enough to be a healthy 90 lbs -- oh wait, thats what I was actually trying to do here. ; )

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingSlowly View Post
    That, however, is everyone's personal decision. As long as whatever you do leads to your being happy with who you are, you're doing something right. If you'd like to change your body, that's your right, too, but it shouldn't be to confirm to whatever the current ideal is. If we're really honest though, we all know it's not gonna happen for a lot of people since we're not living in a vacuum: We're surrounded by "beauty standards" every day. It takes inner strength and confidence to not give a hoot about them. If you have neither, no amount of info about body-types will change that you don't feel good about yourself. Sad but true...
    How does being kept in the dark about information help more than hurt?

    Again, knowledge leads to acceptance.

    I think its great that celebrities like Christina Hendricks and Kate Winslet have stood up for themselves and said that they are at a healthy weight. There are many young women though, who eat well and exercise enough, who are more Hendricks, and Winslets size, but are unaware of the fact that it is a healthy weight for some people. What ends up happening often, is that these ladies cut calories too much in order to get down to the illusion of a more healthy size (A healthy size for someone else, perhaps someone with a small frame and a different body type.)

    Discovering that it is in fact, perfectly normal, is a step toward acceptance. We must accept what we cannot change -- and though we can do a lot through diet and exercise, it simply isn't going to make anyone's frame smaller, or alter the proportions of their measurements in a drastic way.

    I'm sorry that you get nothing positive out of this.
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  10. #49

    Perhaps someone could help me distinguish my body type using my measurements and my info? I'm a small frame (short at 5'3 also) with measurements of 35/36-27/28-38 (sorry it depends on the day lol so sometimes 35/27/38 or 36/28/38). What are these body types?

    It's a nightmare trying to dress myself fashionably also. :'(

  11. #50

    @Promethea
    We're actually in agreement about the very foundations of this, and I'm certainly the last person who'd deny that knowledge is power. If someone's uncertain what looks good on them, or how to exercise in a way that's most efficient for them, it only makes sense to ask for help from someone who does. Although we'd possibly already have to open another can of worms where it comes to fashion - who really has any authority on claiming to know for definite what looks "good"? ;)

    The only thing we probably don't agree on (although I'm not even sure, because I actually agree with this:
    And spiritually, I think the healthy thing to do upon realizing one cannot change something, is to embrace it and do something positive with it.
    is what we perceive as the root of the problem.

    I personally think (and everyone's free to disagree, I don't claim to be right on this) that a lot of women know their body-type, and they know that a pear will never look like, say, a ruler. In their heart of hearts, they probably also know whether they're overweight or not (cases of body dysmorphia aside). They override that knowledge however. The problem is that they don't accept what they've got. We could speculate for hours about the reasons for this without really getting anywhere, but it is my personal belief that acceptance of self is the most important thing. And no, we actually don't disagree on "knowledge leads to acceptance". The question is probably rather: "What knowledge?"

    I work with people aged late teens/early 20s (sometimes beyond) on a daily basis, in exactly the industry that I deem partly responsible for a lot of the warped sense of beauty we have these days. The pressures are slightly different ones compared to someone who isn't a performer, granted, but they still have a lot of overlap. I swear to you that for every Kate Winslet type who has the confidence not to play the game, you get ten who don't. And out of these ten, none are misinformed about body types etc. Quite the opposite. For some insane reason, it doesn't matter though. They still want to look like whatever the flavour of the month is. It really is that bad. It also makes no real sense if you think about getting work, because by conforming to some sort of stereotypical look, you actually make yourself more replaceable. They still do it. That's where the real problem lies: It's, IMHO, not always lacking knowledge about the physical side of things, it's choosing to go against it for some reason I'd love to understand.

    I guess what I'm ultimately trying to say is that we should "teach", or whatever we want to call it, people the value of being confident enough to be unique. We're actually not that far apart on that one at all. I just prefer to do it without adding more physical pigeonholes (which to me, body types are, but that's my problem ;)).
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