Having an actual dented-in waist has gone from normal and desirable to rarer all the time.
This is unfortunate for me, because it sounds like clothing retailers will be resizing stuff to fit this genetic/hormonal/who knows what mutation.
(Anybody care to fill me in on why this is happening?)
There’s a 10″ difference between my waist and hips, and my hips match my bust. Designers already make dresses on the assumption that your hips are 3″ bigger than you’re boobs as it is, which means they don’t look right on me. Now it will just get worse.
By the way: you do not have “an hourglass figure” if you’re just “fat.” Let it go, girls.
UPATE — another theory:
I blame body shapes on clothing. Think about it. As fat cells are deposited and grow, fat will tend to expand along the path of least resistance. Most girls and women these days wear yoga pants and similar styles. With these pants, fat can deposit around the mid-section because there is no constriction. In the past, pants actually had waistbands and were made with stiff materials. Fat could deposit above and below the waistbands but not necessarily around the actual waist. The same is true for low-rise jeans. They don’t just emphasize the muffin tops but could actual contribute to their creation.