The definition of the ‘ideal woman’ has changed tremendously since 1912. According to the Cornell University a century ago, the 24 years old Elsie Scheel had the perfect health and was therefore the ‘perfect woman’. However,by today’s standards, being 170cm and 77kg, Scheel would be considered overweight.
This actually shows that people’s ideas on perfection is most of the time based upon somebody’s weight. The most obvious representation of this idea can be seen in fashion shows. The models, most of the time, look as if they are on the border of anirexia. Most people find these people highly attractive.
On a more interesting note, according to a research, that around three million people participated in, slightly overweight people have a lesser risk of dying. However obese people still have a higher risk of dying.