The "average" body

  • JFitNC

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    Oct 20, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I feel that this is the best place to ask this question but am I the only who seems to run across guys that describe their bodies at average but in reality are simply overweight? I feel like the term average has lost all significance. This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.

    For me I don't need someone that is perfect but is there anyone else equally frustrated by the far stretched application of the word "average" when it comes to a lot of guys on dating sites?
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    When it comes to statistics, Americans are becoming heavier. I can't guarantee that they're getting fatter, being that there are quite a few guys who would qualify as obese yet their body fat is well below 10%. (On this site, Bigfirefighter69 is a notable example.)

    Athletic but with a beer belly? That's called the lineman build. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Im not over-weight icon_sad.gif and I describe my body as average. If anything the 'athletic' body as lost meaning. Athletic used to mean a body gained by playing sports or being an athlete not a gym rat.
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    TigerBeat21 said This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.



    Athletic is a functional, performance-based definition, completely unrelated to body composition.

    Hooray for another "ugh other men don't meet my physical standards" thread!
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    Oct 20, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Yeah, what's with all the people describing their body as average? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Statistically though, overweight is the average in the US...
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    averagejoe saidYeah, what's with all the people describing their body as average? icon_rolleyes.gif

    Statistically though, overweight is the average in the US...


    ^^ What he said.
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Post a pic of what you think is an average body so we can better understand ur pointicon_rolleyes.gif Americans are becomming fatter by the min. Fat is average "here"
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I've always described myself as 'average'...I'm not overweight, I don't go to a gym or lift weights, never have played sports.

    Wait...maybe I'm 'above average' ? icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said I've always described myself as 'average'...I'm not overweight, I don't go to a gym or lift weights, never have played sports.

    Wait...maybe I'm 'above average' ? icon_wink.gif



    I describe myself as average too but on this site I'm clearly below average icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    Since when does average = fat? I thought average are just that, not beefily muscular or super skinny, but somewhere in between, either with slightly more fat or skinner than desired.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:54 AM GMT
    TigerBeat21 saidI feel that this is the best place to ask this question but am I the only who seems to run across guys that describe their bodies at average but in reality are simply overweight? I feel like the term average has lost all significance. This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.

    For me I don't need someone that is perfect but is there anyone else equally frustrated by the far stretched application of the word "average" when it comes to a lot of guys on dating sites?


    actually the word "jock" is waaaaay to over used
    on other sites , here it's seems to be true.
    But not on other sites
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    Oct 20, 2010 12:02 PM GMT
    "Average" is a catch word that gained mass usage by people who are ashamed of their current build.
    It's not a body type. It's an excuse not to say what their body type is.
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    Oct 21, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    paulflexes said"Average" is a catch word that gained mass usage by people who are ashamed of their current build.
    It's not a body type. It's an excuse not to say what their body type is.


    No.
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    Oct 21, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    paulflexes said"Average" is a catch word that gained mass usage by people who are ashamed of their current build.
    It's not a body type. It's an excuse not to say what their body type is.

    I'm sorry but "Looks like a high school football champion who decided Long Island Iced Teas were better than keeping up on his body" is not on the list of body types to choose from.

    lmao.
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    Oct 21, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    I think I´m average, but would never dare to put that on my profile as "average" has come to mean "in really bad shape", or at least that´s what a lot of people who use it are in. icon_neutral.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    TigerBeat21 saidI feel that this is the best place to ask this question but am I the only who seems to run across guys that describe their bodies at average but in reality are simply overweight? I feel like the term average has lost all significance. This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.

    For me I don't need someone that is perfect but is there anyone else equally frustrated by the far stretched application of the word "average" when it comes to a lot of guys on dating sites?


    In the united states of America 2/3 of the population are overweight and a third are obese...

    There for the average body type would be over weight...
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    chrixx saidSince when does average = fat? I thought average are just that, not beefily muscular or super skinny, but somewhere in between, either with slightly more fat or skinner than desired.


    When you live in a country, take the U.S. for example, in which most people are overweight, then average does = fat because that's what people are on average.
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    TigerBeat21 saidI feel that this is the best place to ask this question but am I the only who seems to run across guys that describe their bodies at average but in reality are simply overweight? I feel like the term average has lost all significance. This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.

    For me I don't need someone that is perfect but is there anyone else equally frustrated by the far stretched application of the word "average" when it comes to a lot of guys on dating sites?


    In the united states of America 2/3 of the population are overweight and a third are obese...

    There for the average body type would be over weight...


    That would be so if average implied the median of the accumulative body types. However, seeing how there is a selection for "Overweight", it is apparent that the term "average" is not considered to have the same qualities as the mathematical term "average" does. Average is neither overweight or underweight just some were in between.
    Also, you can be overweight without being fat. Any weight over the 'average' is considered to be overweight regardless of if it muscle of fat. This is why the statistics say that 2/3rds of Americans are OVERWEIGHT. Statistics aren't truthful.
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    Everybody thinks their average because its safer for their feelings. I stick with stocky, chunky, more to love or whatever people call it because the last thing i need when i meet someone is " omg your so not average, fatty". Pretty soon we're going tease America skinny.
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
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    paulflexes said"Average" is a catch word that gained mass usage by people who are ashamed of their current build.
    It's not a body type. It's an excuse not to say what their body type is.

    I'm sorry but "Looks like a high school football champion who decided Long Island Iced Teas were better than keeping up on his body" is not on the list of body types to choose from.

    lmao.
    LMAO!
    I <3 LIIT's. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    You want to know what Average is for your area... no matter what you think Average is.. here is the truth... go to your local Walmart and check out the jeans. Whatever size has the largest percent is AVERAGE: I visited my parents a few years back in OKC. I had read that OKC was one of the fatest cities in the US but it was shocked to find no pants below a size 34 and the largest selection was around a 36-38. waaaa... 33's and below were in the kids section.icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    At 5'11 I use to weight 370 some pounds and am now down to 173 pounds... yeah I lost over 200 pounds through diet and excercise. I still feel as though my body is awkward. I lack definition, but I do carry around some fat as well. I call my body average because it's in the normal BMI category
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    TigerBeat21 said This also goes for the guys that describe themselves as athletic but have beer bellies.



    Athletic is a functional, performance-based definition, completely unrelated to body composition.

    Hooray for another "ugh other men don't meet my physical standards" thread!


    What he said icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    "swimmers" build seems to be confused with "anorexic" a lot too. Malnurished or excessively thin does not = "swimmer." Yes, swimmers tend to be lean, but guys who regularly swim are usually pretty muscular and/or defined.