How did society’s typical standard for attractiveness come to mean “fit” body attributes, such as toned abs, strong jawline, larger chest, etc.?

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How did society’s typical standard for attractiveness come to mean “fit” body attributes, such as toned abs, strong jawline, larger chest, etc.?

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It’s not just society, there are some instincts at work. People are attracted to potential mates who signs of excellent health, because they tend to produce healthy offspring.

Evolution, having a body that fits traits that are ‘healthy’ are considered attractive as from a reproductive aspect you will have the traits that are desirable to pass on, hence why you are seen as attractive with these traits

In addition to what others are saying: what’s more “healthy” when humans struggle to find food (prehistoric humans, and even modern-day third-world countries) is larger bodies with more body fat. This would allow someone to survive for longer periods of time without food, or is a status symbol, showing off that this person can afford enough food to be that large. Only in places/times when food is plentiful is a fit body more attractive.

What we define as “attractive”, in a modem, western society, is influenced by factors such as wealth and free time.

When being a wealthy aristocrat meant staying indoors, beauty was associated with pale skin, as only labourers had tans.

When being wealthy meant having food, beauty was associated with being plump, as only the poor were skinny and starving.

As it currently stands, being wealthy means having the money and time to diet and exercise. Trash food is cheap, most people work in non-physical jobs, and their hours don’t leave a lot of time for proper exercise.