Study looks at body shapes, perceptions

Study looks at body shapes, perceptions
A new study from the University of Texas at Dallas looked at stereotypes involving body shape and what people thought of them. (Source: NBC)

DALLAS, TX (KAIT/NBC) - It has been said that people should never judge a book by its cover.

A new study from the University of Texas at Dallas asked nearly 70 people to judge at least 140 body shapes to gauge perceptions about people in general.

The study showed thinner models as people who are easygoing, extroverted and self-confident as people considered fuller models as being careless, simple-minded and irritable.

Dr. Alice O’Toole, who helped to develop the study, said people begin to build ideas about someone, in particular, the image of someone, at a young age.

“These stereotypes develop so young. I think we spoon feed children, from cartoons and characters, that ‘Cinderella’ looks a certain way and acts a certain way, and ‘Cruella Deville’ looks a certain way and acts a certain way,” O’Toole said. “I don’t think we are born with these stereotypes. I think society trains them with the images we get presented and the associated characteristics.”

The study also showed that curvier figures were considered to be trustworthy and easygoing.

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