Women Are More Likely to Have Wider Waist Measurement if They Are Competitive

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Muscle Building, Odd Stuff, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

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Are you a resourceful and resilient woman? Are you competitive? Then your waist measurement may be larger than your less competitive and resourceful friends!

Don’t bemoan your so-called imperfections though, your larger waist to hip ratio may be doing you a really big favour.

“The hormonal profile associated with high WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) … may favor success in resource competition, particularly under stressful circumstances,” writes Cashdan. “The androgenic effects – stamina, initiative, risk-proneness, assertiveness, dominance – should be particularly useful where a woman must depend on her own resources to support herself and her family.”

In other words, trading the benefits of a thin waist for better ability to collect resources may be a good deal in certain societies and situations. And there is evidence that male mate preferences may reflect this trade-off, according to Cashdan.

In Japan, Greece and Portugal, where women tend to be less economically independent, men place a higher value on a thin waist than men in Britain or Denmark, where there tends to be more sexual equality. And in some non-Western societies where food is scarce and women bear the responsibility for finding it, men actually prefer larger waist-to-hip ratios.

“Waist-to-hip ratio may indeed be a useful signal to men, then, but whether men prefer a WHR associated with lower or higher androgen/estrogen ratios (or value them equally) should depend on the degree to which they want their mates to be strong, tough, economically successful and politically competitive,” Cashdan writes.

“And from a woman’s perspective, men’s preferences are not the only thing that matters.” Medical News Today

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Gear up to Give Birth

Posted on May 1, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

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As a Natural and Bodywork Practitioner and Birth Coach for over 20 years I have seen my fair share of labour and birth and of course pregnant women, first-timers and those who have done it all before. One of the things I have noticed is that many women, particularly younger, first times is that they seem to be getting more fearful of the birth process.

Years ago, young women were often taught about childbirth by the other women in their family or village and had often witnessed other women giving birth and so they had more of a sense of how it all works and also the very important sense that they would be supported by understanding women through their experience as well. This gave them a sense of safety about the upcoming labour and birth.

One of the things that slows and complicate labour is fear, so for many years now I have coached women through their pregnancies and often their labour to give them a sense of competency and control over their experience. I am now, moving in a slightly different direction in my career but still want to help women to understand that they hold much of the control over their birth experience in their hands by good preparation strategies. Including specialised exercises to help prepare the body for the birth process, strategies to keep calm and things you can do during labour that can help advance delivery times and help to avoid complications.

Of course sometime things still go awry, however when they do you can know that you did the very best that you knew how throughout your pregnancy and birth to achieve a good outcome for you and baby. New Mum’s need to know that there is no shame in having to resort to using obestetric help when needed, the main outcome of all pregnancies after all is a health mother and baby.

I have written a free 8 part course for anyone interested in signing up for it – HERE

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