Baby got back: some brief observations on obesity in ancient female figurines: limited support for waist to hip ratio constant as a signal of fertility

Show simple item record King, Robert J. 2013-02-14T15:51:36Z 2013-02-14T15:51:36Z 2013
dc.identifier.citation King, R. (2013) 'Baby got Back: Some Brief Observations on Obesity in Ancient Female Figurines: Limited Support for Waist to Hip Ratio Constant as a Signal of Fertility', Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy, 3: 159. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000159 en
dc.identifier.volume 3
dc.identifier.issued 1
dc.identifier.doi 10.4172/2165-7904.1000159
dc.description.abstract Venus figurines such as the famous Willendorf Venus--provide a possible window into the reproductive preferences of ancestral humans. These figurines cover a period of about 20,000 years of human history and have been found across ice-age Europe. There are a number of unknowns about such figurines. For example, they may be votive offerings, idealisations, or have some as-yet, unguessed-at function. Ancient figurines typically display body types typically considered obese by modern standards of medicine and aesthetics. While some have averred that such figurines show a marked change in human body preferences over thousands of years it is possible that this has been an artifact of particular approaches to measuring such figurines. Measuring a fuller extent of the markers of fat deposition seems to support a case for arguing that male preferences have broadly tracked fertility markers over ancestral time. The waist-to-hip ratio is arguably a more important fertility marker than obesity per se and a 0.7 ratio has been found cross-culturally and in this sample. It is likely that such preferences have been further calibrated by local ecological variations for example as regards food supply but these calibrations would not have a great impact on proportionality preferences. Great caution must be taken in reading too much into such a limited sample. en
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dc.rights © 2013, Robert J. King en
dc.subject Obesity en
dc.subject Fertility en
dc.subject Venus figurines en
dc.subject.lcsh Figurines, Prehistoric en
dc.subject.lcsh Fertility--physiology en
dc.title Baby got back: some brief observations on obesity in ancient female figurines: limited support for waist to hip ratio constant as a signal of fertility en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.internal.authorcontactother Robert King, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy en
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