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1980s definatly, and back..Why were people more fit, toned and healthy Looking?

Kaysmile012015Kaysmile012015 Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
I'm watching a movie from the 80s and it's unreal how taught & toned these women look in bikinis, I've noticed this in other movies, clips and footage from decades of 80s and beyond, people most had healthy weighted,portioned, fit bodies, Why? How?

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  • L1zardQueenL1zardQueen Member Posts: 8,565 Member Member Posts: 8,565 Member
    Which movies? I’m curious.
    edited February 8
  • MsCzarMsCzar Member Posts: 332 Member Member Posts: 332 Member
    Then again, when you watch some of those 60's beach bikini flicks, those gals were pretty pudgy. But that might have been Annette Funicello insisting that no extras be thinner than she. :D
    edited February 8
  • Kaysmile012015Kaysmile012015 Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    I'm watching a movie from the 80s and it's unreal how taught & toned these women look in bikinis, I've noticed this in other movies, clips and footage from decades of 80s and beyond, people most had healthy weighted,portioned, fit bodies, Why? How?

    People in movies look like that now too...they're movies.

    im aware that movies put the best looking on screen but it's not just movies..I'v noticed it in real footage..documentaries..old clips etc.

  • Kaysmile012015Kaysmile012015 Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I'm old enough to have been adult in the 1980s (even the 1970s, actually): Good grief. No. "People" were not "taut & toned". That's the movies. On average people were thinner, certainly, but "toned" women (in real life) were probably less muscular than nowadays, and probably being "fit" in any rational definition was less common amongst the general population of women compared to now, besides. Most women in the 1980s were not "toned" or fit.
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I'm old enough to have been adult in the 1980s (even the 1970s, actually): Good grief. No. "People" were not "taut & toned". That's the movies. On average people were thinner, certainly, but "toned" women (in real life) were probably less muscular than nowadays, and probably being "fit" in any rational definition was less common amongst the general population of women compared to now, besides. Most women in the 1980s were not "toned" or fit.

    I stated
    "Healthy weighted,portioned, fit bodies"
    Not saying everyone was" fit", but I observed for the most part, people appeared, average, healthy weight, in general, in real footage clips ect..and in older stuff just kinda seems like people weren't really as Obese ..idk
    ALSO
    -Im aware of the aerobics trend in the 1980s, that's where I notice alot of taught tone bodies" in older 80s footage; People are saying drugs, but weren't the drugs illegal? Were most and/or "regular "people taking drugs too?
  • Kaysmile012015Kaysmile012015 Member Posts: 67 Member Member Posts: 67 Member
    A couple of things that have added to the trend of upward weight and waistlines is the increase in cheap fast food and convenience foods (loaded with fat/sugar) in peoples diets and the introduction of the computer, which influences more sitting than former generations ever did. I was born in the late 1950's, grew up in the 60's. It was rare to see a fat kid, rare to see anyone morbidly obese. Now, it's common.

    Yep, I know I'm not bonkers I've taken an interest in (lots) old footage from 40s, 50s, 60s across the board, I noticed people were around average weight give or take( in general) so much to the point that I started noticing when someone was Obese; I then asked myself..what happened, how did we get here?...
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,585 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,585 Member
    BTW, IMO the differences in food culture (huge) and in how much average people need to move in daily life (also big) are much more important in creating the "obesity crisis" than the incidence of illegal drug usage. Even in terms of distorting images you're seeing from the past, the demographics around cameras/film and who will appear on them are probably more of an influence on what you see, than is the reality of the total environment of the time . . . even though more people were thinner in the 1980s and prior.

    There are a lot of average-lifestyle differences between then and now, in ways that are somewhat inobvious to people who weren't adult then, and a lot of issues that distort the image people now will get of what things were like then. (I think the same is true in comparing most eras decades apart, probably.)
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 472 Member Member Posts: 472 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I'm old enough to have been adult in the 1980s (even the 1970s, actually): Good grief. No. "People" were not "taut & toned". That's the movies. On average people were thinner, certainly, but "toned" women (in real life) were probably less muscular than nowadays, and probably being "fit" in any rational definition was less common amongst the general population of women compared to now, besides. Most women in the 1980s were not "toned" or fit.
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    I'm old enough to have been adult in the 1980s (even the 1970s, actually): Good grief. No. "People" were not "taut & toned". That's the movies. On average people were thinner, certainly, but "toned" women (in real life) were probably less muscular than nowadays, and probably being "fit" in any rational definition was less common amongst the general population of women compared to now, besides. Most women in the 1980s were not "toned" or fit.

    I stated
    "Healthy weighted,portioned, fit bodies"
    Not saying everyone was" fit", but I observed for the most part, people appeared, average, healthy weight, in general, in real footage clips ect..and in older stuff just kinda seems like people weren't really as Obese ..idk
    ALSO
    -Im aware of the aerobics trend in the 1980s, that's where I notice alot of taught tone bodies" in older 80s footage; People are saying drugs, but weren't the drugs illegal? Were most and/or "regular "people taking drugs too?

    I think it's pretty well-documented that obesity has significantly increased in the past 30-40 years, for a lot of the reasons people have mentioned. I also think it wasn't as socially acceptable as it is today to be overweight--not that's it's completely socially acceptable now, but a lot more so than it was back then (partly because more people are overweight and obese, I think).

    I was kind of kidding about cocaine and the other use of uppers to keep thin, but in the early-mid 90's the trend was the waif look, which was actually also called "heroin chic." That correlated with the rise in popularity of heroin at the time. Drug use is still a big problem today, though, and we know there are more overweight people walking around. However, I think more people intentionally used drugs (illegally and legally) to aid in weight loss back in the 80's, and before that time as well. I don't know that for sure, but that's just my opinion from watching shows from and about that time.
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