Are we really bigger?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Are we really bigger?
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 8:55am

I've been looking through old photos of my family and I don't really seen much difference from my current family and past generations. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother obviously weren't size 4s and neither were any of my aunts, great-aunts, etc. as they got older. I was talking to some of my older classmates about it and they too are about the same size their ancestors were. So I have to wonder if we are really bigger than previous generations or has perception changed?


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 10:02am

My sister and I were talking about that just the other day; it's amazing the kind of discussions that looking through old photo albums generate! LOL

We noticed the same thing; our family members seem to have kept basically the same size and body types over the generations. Of course, the fact that we're really into the outdoors and a lot of physical activity may have something to do with that. Wink

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 12:18pm

I don't think so. In fact, my sisters and I are smaller than previous generations. I too have to wonder why suddenly it is reported we are all bigger when in fact, many of us appear to be smaller.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 2:48pm
My mother's family was mostly overweight as far back as I can remember. In history, being overweight was a desired trait. Woman were expected to be voluptious and overweight in men was a sign of prosperity. Being plump was considered a healthy look! I think the change is most noticeable in children. When I was growing up, waaaay back in the 50's, there were very few children who were overweight in spite of the size of adult family members. I think people not only inherit the genetics to be the same size as their ancestors, but also follow the eating habits of the adults in their family. As toddlers, they are very picky about what they will eat, and getting them to finish their meals is a chore. But as they get to be pre-teens their tastes develop and they eat a more varied diet, which may include foods that are not very healthy. I think I went from a child's size 14 right into an adult size 7, and kept going from there. I skipped right over sizes 0,2,4,6,,LOL Carol