My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all became obese in the 1980s. Before that, the younger two generations were thin and the oldest was just matronly plump.
You want to learn even more, study Weston Price's photographs in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. There is so much to learn there. I can look at pictures of American Civil War soldiers and notice that the officers clearly came from well-nourished families, while the privates were much more likely to have the close-set eyes of early nutritional defects. Thirty years later you see that among the common folk, not only are the eyes changing, but it's becoming more common to see the ears sticking out, weak chins, sunken cheekbones, and pinched noses of children born to nutrient-deplete parents.
In general, the upper classes of America continue to show mostly strong chins, broad cheeks and foreheads, and broad shoulders through the early 1900s, but then factory food (the white biscuits and corn syrup and crisco that have by this time become the staples of poor America) begins to filter ... up ... and become the cool thing to do.
Looking at a crowd today, there are almost no broad faces at all, unless I happen to see someone from a developing country. Even among those, you start to see some of the signs, but it's much less common than in the standard US face. For us, pinched noses, weak chins, narrow shoulders are becoming the norm. I'm noticing that it's hard to find beautiful celebrities among the youngest folks. Paris Hilton is a prime example of the face of a child born to a nutrient-deplete parent, but look at the stars all across the board. Right now I'm thinking of Lee Adama from BG - he's supposed to be the hero, the stud, and he does have the great chin and cheeks, but his nose is so pinched. You didn't see that in the stud stars of past generations. James Dean, Cary Grant, Mel Gibson, Spencer Tracey, all have strong faces and shoulders. Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt have strong faces, but they're a lot older than the current crop (I took these names from an article called "Who's the Next Big Male Movie Star?"): Emile Hirsch (broad upper face, weak jaw), Shia LaBeouf (shudder!), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (not good)... It's not about being drop-dead gorgeous, it's about the reality that apparently even Hollywood is not finding anyone who has good bone structure. What used to be normal 200 years ago was increasingly rare in the 20th century, but could still be found in those whose faces were put on screen for millions, but is now a true rarity.
Same is true for female stars. Compare the women you see in a photo of Civil War nurses to the facial structure you see in any crowd of women today, and even among Hollywood. Lauren Hutton has fabulous structure; Jennifer Anniston has a terribly pinched nose and close set eyes, yet is one of the prettiest her generation could offer. Angelina Jolie is a rare exception, but again, she's 15 years older than the current crop of Olsens (very weak jaws), Kirsten Dunst (closest to a broad face, but not there), Lindsay Lohan (weak overall), & Kim Kardashian (very narrow nose & chin). Think how beautiful they would have been if their full genetic heritage had been expressed if only their parents and grandparents had eaten well!
Last edited by MamaGrok; 07-26-2011 at 01:32 PM.
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