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There are 8 comments on In Defense of Wide Hips

  1. Perhaps the genes affecting sexual dimorphism in humans are not as strong as we would like. While men may prefer women with larger hips, women may prefer men with narrow hips or at least proportionately larger shoulders than hips. If narrow hipped men have narrow hipped children then even if their daughters fail to reproduce their sons would safely pass on that trait to the next generation.

    1. That makes sense, Kerry. That maybe women would select men with narrower hips, their shoulders appearing larger by comparison.

      Maybe it’s a similar situation to a theory on blood types. Our DNA “figured out” a long time ago that maintaining diversity is excellent survival insurance, so hip size isn’t uniform for that reason.

      I think the bit of the article talking about the agrarian age has some insight as well.
      If things like Phytic Acid and Vitamin D deficiencies made more bone mass more costly, it makes sense that less bones mass, smaller hips, would be selected for.
      Especially in European agrarian societies.

      Even in an agrarian society the selective pressures would be very strong as weaker malnourished hips could much more easily result in a birth complication, killing mother and child. Or could cause a debilitating injury before then, that would make carrying a child difficult. Hm.

      I’m so glad I found this article!
      Thank you, Professor Lewton! Thank you Kate Becker!

  2. You have to go farther than this and study Olympic athletes. That is if you want to know the truth of course.

    In this article you judged people based off of a treadmill. Running in a track race is tremendously more demanding than this. So before you go releasing articles, I suggest you do more research from new angles of perception.

    Scientist that study athletics vs athletes that do athletics. I suggest trying both.

  3. I have always wondered in the back of my head that they got this wrong: The idea that women with wide hips are not good at running. I have an extremely large hip to waist ratio and very very wide hips, abnormaly wide, as in the bone structure of them. I am also an extremely good runner, and have competed at a national levels in my younger days. I have never had any knee problems. Not one. Which is something that has been suggested – that female athletes with wider hips may develop knee problems due to the biomechanics. I can also assure you I have put a lot of km into my legs. 400m up to 5km always has been my sweet spot competitively. In addition I have never broken a bone, dispite all the actions and high impact sports I have been involved in. My brother is the same. He once had his bones scanned. He was told by the doctor that he had the most dense bones he had ever seen. Glad to read someone is proving what I had always thought. Having wide hips has never slowed me down and I have always been regarded as an athlete. It makes me so annoyed when people try to tell me that I will develop these things because of my hips. Even funnier when they suggest I wouldn’t be able to run well. Action (running) not words, usually shuts them up.

    Thanks for an interesting article

  4. How are you able to tell the Width of your hips because I’ve seen a golden waist to hip ratio suggesting

    Measure around your waist,then around your butt.

    Divide waist measurement by butt measurement.

    If it is less than 0.7 ,you have wide hips(according to the golden ratio)

    If it is 0.7-0.8,you have normal hips

    If it is more than 0.8, you have narrow hips.

    Can someone please tell me if this is accurate because I got


    1. If you are indeed looking to establish the width of your hips from the biomechanical perspective, you are interested in the distance between the center of the sphere like upper ends of you femurs, which could only be seen on a non magnified frontal X Ray of your pelvis.
      Wrapping a measuring tape around your butt will give measurement of just that- as it would be affected by highly variable amounts of adipose tissue, as well as effect from prominence of ischial tuberosities of your pelvis and greater trochantors of your femurs. It would also be affected by the hieght at which you take your measure.
      I don’t know what to say about measuring your waist. From a biomechanical perspective it is largely irrelevant, unless width of lumbar vertebrae is to be used for some sort of indexing. That info would likely show up for at least the lower lumbar vertebrae in the pelvic X ray, or could be shown in a lumbar X ray taken at the same time and focal field distance to avoid disproportionate magnification.

      Wrapping a measuring tape around your waist will obviously give you a figure representative primarily reflective of your degree of belly fat, and could help you rate your own figure, but would be biomechanically useless, unless center of gravity we’re to be considered in your study.

  5. Your comments would carry more weight (please excuse pun), if they were accompanied by pictures and X Ray’s if possible of you and your brother’s mid torso and pelvic regions.
    It was not clear if your brother’s hips we’re also abnormally wide.
    If they are not, no need for picture of same, but X Ray showing bone density and genetically linked degree of sexual dimorphism still valuable.
    I have been interested in the answer to this question for the 35 yrars of my professional career as a Chiropractor.
    It would be appreciated if you were to help me answer it to own satisfaction by providing the above.
    Thank you for your consideration.

  6. Whether or not someone makes a natural runner has to do with leg direction. It’s far easier to run when the legs naturally want to point forward. Perhaps, this is due to tighter socket joints? Some of us have naturally wide hips. We tend to have legs that want to move in all directions. I’m guessing our socket joints tend to be flatter? Yes, this could have something to do with the need to squat in such activities as farming.

    I’m a terrible runner. I always come in last. However, I’m a natural dancer. It’s easy for my legs to rotate, moving me in all directions, up and down, side to side, front and back, and in spirals.

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