ANTHROMORPHOLOGY - MY OWN STUDY OF ALL HUMAN BODY SHAPES.
ENDOMORPHOLOGY - MY OWN STUDY OF OBESE HUMAN BODY SHAPES.
First let us discuss Anthromorphology.
1.a mineral enclosed within another mineral. Compare perimorph.
2.a person of the endomorphic type. [Origin: 1880–85; endo + morph]
1. A mineral enclosed within another mineral, such as rutile or tourmaline in quartz.
2. An individual characterized by relative prominence of the abdomen and other soft
body parts developed from the embryonic endodermal layer.
[endo(derm) + -morph.]
1940 As one of W.H. Sheldon's three types of human bodies, from endo- + Gk. morph "form"
A heavy person with a soft and rounded body
En"do*morph\, n. [Endo- + Gr. form.] (Min.) A crystal of one species inclosed within one of another, as one of rutile inclosed in quartz. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
A person of the mesomorphic type. [Origin: 1935–40; meso- + -morph]
An individual with a robust, muscular body build caused by the predominance of structures developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer.
A person with a well-developed muscular body.
A person of the ectomorphic type. [Origin: 1935–40; ecto- + -morph]
An individual having a lean, slightly muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic ectoderm predominate. [ecto(derm) + -morph.]
A person with a thin body
Basically, Ectomorphs are long and slender, Mesomorphs are strong and athletic, and we Endomorphs are plump, soft and round, but there are also other distinctions among the three basic body types in how the length of the limbs are proportioned to the torso length or height.
Mesomorphs have the "standard" body proportions in how the length of the limbs are proportioned to the torso length. The Mesomorph is considered the "ideal" body type that is usually depicted in human anatomy charts.
For example Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 ~ 1519) did extensive studies of the human anatomy and we have all seen his classic drawings of the human body as in following example as depicted in the picture below.
But if I had been Leonardo Da Vinci, I would have also created some drawings and diagrams of both the Ectomorphic and the Endomorphic human body types. Of course, I would naturally have focused most of my studies mainly on the Endomorphic body type as depicted in the picture below.
People come in all shapes and sizes. But here are some general rules about proportion that you can follow:
1.) The average adult is 7 and a half heads tall, males usually 8 and females 7 heads tall, but the average comes out to about 7 and a half for human body proportions.
2.) Shoulders are three heads wide.
3.) Hips are half way between your head and your toes
4.) Your arms straight out to your sides is equal to your height
5.) With your arms down at your sides your finger tips are about halfway between your hips and your knees.
Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings of the human body emphasized its proportion. The ratio of the following distances is the Golden Ratio:
(foot to navel) : (navel to head) = Golden Ratio
The Golden Ratio (or "Golden Section") is based on Fibonacci Numbers, where every number in the sequence (after the second) is the sum of the previous 2 numbers.
1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13, 8+13=21, 13+21=34, 21+34=55, 34+55=89 . . . . .
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 . . . . .
We can see (below) how the Fibonacci Numbers lead to the Golden Ratio: Φ = 1.618033 . . . . .
Let's look at the ratio of each number in the Fibonacci sequence to the one before it:
1/1 = 1
2/1 = 2
3/2 = 1.5
5/3 = 1.666 . . .
8/5 = 1.6
13/8 = 1.625
21/13 = 1.61538 . . .
34/21 = 1.61905 . . .
55/34 = 1.61764 . . .
89/55 = 1.61861 . . .
If we keep on going, then we produce a rather interesting number which mathematicians call "phi" (Golden Ratio or Golden Section): Φ = 1.6180339887 . . .
The further along the Fibonacci series of numbers, the closer you get to Phi (Φ) but never quit reaching it. This ratio was used by architects and artists throughout history to produce objects of great beauty (like Michelangelo's "David" and the Greek temples.)
Phi (Φ) is like pi (π) in the sense that it is an irrational number. There is no equivalent fraction for Φ and its decimal keeps going and never stops, just as pi (π) is approximately 22/7 but not exactly, because 22/7 is 3.142857142857 . . . while pi (π) = 3.141592653589 . . . Both Phi (Φ) and pi (π) are irrational numbers, or what is also known as transcendental numbers. The Golden Ratio also occurs in nature, in the patterns we see in sunflowers, pine cones, and so on. This is largely because one of the best ways to efficiently pack things tightly together is using the Fibonacci sequence.
And so, the Mesomorphic body type is used as the "standard" in all anatomy charts because it is considered the "ideal" body type. Of course, fashions do change from time to time, and in past centuries the ideal female was nice and plump, more Endomorphic, but in this so-called "modern enlightened" society, the thin Ectomorphic female is held up as the ideal body type for women. This image is being shoved down our throats by the media, Hollywood, and the fashion industry. But if the truth be known, most men today still prefer women with soft round curves, even if not necessarily plump but at least somewhere between the two extremes of being too thin or too fat.
Let's face it! Most guys don't care for women who look like soda straws, or for the "Waif Look" as the fashion industry keeps pawning off on us. But there are also still some men who prefer women who are chubby and plump, and I happen to be one of them myself. Naturally the Mesomorphic body type is still considered the "ideal" for males as depicted by images of male body builders.
While the Mesomorphic body type may be considered the "gold standard" when it come to publishing textbooks on human anatomy, the truth is that not all human bodies conform to what is considered to be the "standardize" body proportions. We have all seen some people who's arms and legs are short in proportion to their height with larger bodies and shorter limbs, and some people who's arms and legs are long in proportion to their height with smaller bodies and somewhat longer limbs, and with some people the waist is up a little higher and with some people the waist is down a little lower.
Therefore, in those cases, the ratio of [(foot to navel) : (navel to head)] will not necessarily be equal to the Golden Ratio.
In the case of Ectomorphs, the ratio of [(foot to navel) : (navel to head)] will be greater than the Golden Ratio.
And in the case of Endomorphs the ratio of [(foot to navel) : (navel to head)] will be less than the Golden Ratio.
As mentioned before, in the diagram by Leonardo Da Vinci, the hips are half way between your head and your toes, your arms straight out to your sides is equal to your height, and with your arms down at your sides your finger tips are about halfway between your hips and your knees.
But with Ectomorphs, having smaller bodies and longer limbs, then the length of the arms extended straight out to the sides is a little bit more than the height, and the hips are slightly higher due the the longer legs.
And with Endomorphs, having larger bodies and shorter limbs, the length of the out-stretched arms straight out to the sides is somewhat less than the height, and the hips are slightly lower due to the shorter legs.
By Height Based On United States Army Data
To get an idea of how your own body proportions measure up, you can go to this web site at:
There you enter your height in either inches or centimeters, then it tells you how long your torso length from shoulder to crotch would usually be for someone of your height, and also your crotch height, or the length of your legs, and other body proportions.
I'm 5 ft 6 in or 66 inches tall, and according to the "standardized" body proportions, my torso length from shoulder to crotch should be about 22.70 inches for males and 23.23 for females, or approximately 23 inches for either sex. My crotch height should be about 31.81 for males and 30.69 for females or else approximately 32 inches for males and 31 inches for females.
Males - Height 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches
Torso length from shoulder to crotch - 22.70 inches
Crotch height or leg length should be - 31.81 inches
Females - Height 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches
Torso length from shoulder to crotch - 23.23 inches
Crotch height or leg length should be - 30.69 inches
As you can see, with males and females the same height, males have a slightly shorter torso length and slightly longer legs than female of the same height.
But when you round off the numbers, then . . . . . . .
Males - Height 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches
Torso length from shoulder to crotch - 23 inches
Crotch height or leg length should be - 32 inches
Females - Height 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches
Torso length from shoulder to crotch - 23 inches
Crotch height or leg length should be - 31 inches
There really isn't very much difference between male and female body proportions. When a male and female are both 66 inches tall, the male's legs will be approximately 32 inches long while the female's legs will be approximately 31 inches. Both will have a torso length approximately 23 inches from shoulder to crotch. The male will have a slightly shorter neck, about an inch shorter .
I prefer to round the numbers off because a fraction of an inch isn't going to make that much difference when it come to measuring human bodies since we are, after all, not machines, but living creatures. When God designed the human body, he did not use a micrometer to make sure that everything came out to within a tolerance of a thousand of an inch. It appears the females have slightly shorter legs and a slightly longer torso than males, but not by really very much difference.
So, at 5 ft 6 in or 66 inches tall, my measurements should be . . . . .
Torso length - 23 inches
Crotch height - 32 inches
Waist height - 40 inches
Ratio of (Crotch height : Torso length) or 32/23=1.39
As you can see, the torso length is usually less than the length of the legs.
But when I actually measured my own body, I discovered that my torso length is much longer, and my legs are much shorter, and my waist is much lower than the "standardized" body proportions.
My own actual measurements:
Torso length - 30 inches
Crotch height - 26 inches
Waist height - 36 inches
Ratio of (Crotch height : Torso length) or 26/30=0.86
So, my torso length is 7 inches longer, my legs are 6 inches shorter, and my waist is 4 inches lower than what is considered to be the "standard" proportions. Also, my arms and my neck is shorter. Normally the torso length should be less then the leg length, but in my case, my torso length is greater then the length of my short legs. We are not all alike, each person is unique even though most people might fall within the standard measurements, some people will significantly deviate from the standard.
Some people will have a longer torso and shorter legs, a larger body and shorter limbs, but on the other hand, some people will have a shorter torso and longer legs, smaller body with longer limbs. This is were we have the three basic body types, Endomorphs, Mesomorphs, and Ectomorphs.
THE THREE BODY TYPES - Ectos and Mesos and Endos! Oh my!
The next picture below depict the three basic body types.
Ectomorphs are tall and slender, with the chest and hips being about equal in circumference, their bodies are linear with a shorter torso length from shoulder to crotch, with longer arms and longer legs in proportion to their height. The legs are much longer than the torso length, and the arms are also somewhat longer. When the arms are straight out at the sides, the total length of the outstretched arms is somewhat greater than the height. So, Ectomorphs are not depicted in Leonardo Da Vinci's anatomical drawings since their body proportions do not completely conform to the Golden Ratio.
Mesomorphs have a more athletic build. The torso is somewhat longer with somewhat shorter legs, but the legs are still longer than the torso length. When the arms are straight out at the sides, the total length of the outstretched arms is equal to the height. Mesomorphs are broader in the shoulders and narrow in the hips while Mesomorphic females have the classic "hourglass" shape. Yeah, it is the Mesomorph that is always depicted in all the standard anatomy charts and the model that Leonardo Da Vince used in his anatomical studies. So, it's the Mesomorph who's body corresponds so harmoniously with the Golden Ratio. Big deal! Good for them! What the Hell did he have against the Endomorphs and Ectomorphs anyway? I'd sure as Hell would like to know!
Endomorphs, my favorite body type. Ah! Behold, the cute little Endomorph! We Endomorphs are soft and round. The torso is even longer, and the legs even shorter, and the torso length and leg length are approximately equal. When the arms are straight out at the sides, the total length of the outstretched arms is somewhat less than the height. The chest is more narrow, the hips are broader, and the head is a little bit larger, and the face is wider and more rounded out, and the neck is shorter. Endomorphic females are more "pear-shaped" while Endomorphic males are either proportional with the fat evenly distributed, or some tend to be "Apple-shaped" being bigger around the waist than around the hips. But then, there are also Endomorphic males who are "pear-shaped" and a few Endomorphic females who are slightly "apple-shaped" but not to the same extent as males. The skin tends to be soft and smooth. We Endomorphs also tend to be plump and many are inclined to become obese. Because of our body proportions, having a larger more rounded out body, and shorter limbs, we too are not depicted in all of the standard anatomy charts, and Leonardo Da Vinci also dose not depict Endomorphs in his anatomical studies because, like the Ectomorphs, our body proportions also do not conform to the Golden Ratio.
Am I an Endomorph? Or what?
I also have the more Endomorphic body proportions, but in my case, my torso length is greater than the length of my legs. I'm short and fat. Actually, I'm obese, at 5 feet 6 inches and 400 pounds. Now if the torso length and the leg length are equal in Endomorphs, and since my legs are shorter than my torso length, then, what does the make me?
I'm beyond being merely an Endomorph. I'm even more Endomorphic than the typical Endomorph. Since my torso length is greater than the length of my legs, then what am I?
Am I a Super Endomorph? How about Hyper-endomorphic!!!
Yes, that is my own designation for people who's legs are shorter than the torso length.
Therefore . . .
Torso length = Leg length = Endomorphic
Torso Length > Leg length = Hyper-endomorphic
Endomorphism And Hyper-endomorphism
and a Hyper-endomorph.
The cute little Endomorph on the left, you will notice that his torso length and leg length are equal while in the case of the cute little Hyper-endomorph on the right, his legs are shorter than his torso length, so, in my case, since my legs are shorter than my torso length, then I'm not just merely Endomorphic, I'm what I like to call, Hyper-endomorphic! I have seen a lot of guys who are built like this, some guys with really large bodies and really short legs, so I'm not the only one.
OBESE ENDOMORPHIC AND THE HYPER-ENDOMORPHIC
Ectomorphs look pretty much alike. They all have slender bodies with the circumference around the chest and hips being about the same while being slightly smaller around in the waist. Their bodies more linear in shaped.
Mesomorphs also tend to look pretty much alike. They have a more athletic build. The males tend to be broad in the shoulders and narrow in the hips while the females tend to have the classic "hourglass" kind of shape.
We Endomorphs, we are very special. While most Endomorphs tend to be somewhat bigger around the hips than around the chest we can also come in a far greater variety of different shapes. Most Endomorphic males tend to have a lot of extra fat somewhat evenly distributed all over the body while the females tend to have a lot of extra fat around the hips, buttocks, and thighs, being more pear-shaped. But some Endomorphs tend to have a lot more fat on the upper-body, being more apple-shaped. It is mostly Endomorphic males who tend to be more apple-shaped while it is mostly Endomorphic females who tend to be more pear-shaped. But one does see some pear-shaped males and apple-shape females. But most Endomorphs are somewhat proportional, meaning that the extra fat is more evenly distributed.
ENDOMORPHIC AND HYPER-ENDOMORPHIC BODY SHAPES
As for me, I truly love being an Endomorph, or as in my case, a Hyper-endomorph just simply because we come in so many interesting body shapes. The world would be a very boring place without us Endomorphs or Hyper-endomorphs. I love going out and observing other people walking around and I have always been fascinated by the many different shapes we see on fat people and really obese people. We fat people and obese people are actually fun to watch as we waddle about on the streets and in the shopping malls. And some of us Endomorphs are so enormously obese we can't walk anymore and have to get around in wheelchairs or electric power chairs.
The Apple Shape
Some Endomorphs have most of their extra fat on the upper-body with very little extra fat on the lower-body, thus being what is referred to as apple-shaped. In extreme cases, as in some apple-shaped males, they usually have great big fat man boobs or "moobs" and fat arms, a huge round belly above the waist, and in some really extreme, they may have very narrow hips, a really small butt, and skinny legs that are weak and wobbly having to support the weight of their huge massive upper-bodies. I have even seen some who's arms were actually bigger around than their legs! The perfect example is the guy you might see walking around out in public with his great big round belly that is so huge that he can't find any shirts large enough to completely cover his belly and his belly hangs down over the waistband of his pants causing his pants to slide halfway down on his butt, so that he goes around out in public showing off his bellybutton and butt-crack! The perfect apple-shaped obese male would have so much upper-body fat and has such a huge massive upper-body that both his upper arms and even his forearms being bigger around than his hips! Of course, I have not yet seen an apple-shaped obese male achieve such a degree of ultimate perfection.
The Pear Shape
Some Endomorphs have most of their extra fat on the lower-body and less extra fat on the upper-body, thus being what is referred to as pear-shaped. In extreme cases as in some females, they have really broad hips about twice as wide as the shoulders or even more, a huge butt that protrudes way out far behind them, a huge massive lower-belly below the waist that hangs down over the thighs, and I have seen a few really extreme cases where the thighs are bigger around than the chest! Now the perfect pear-shaped obese female would have so much lower-body fat that, not only her thighs, but even her lower legs would also be bigger around than her chest! But I have not yet seen a pear-shaped obese female achieve that ultimate degree of perfection.
Now, we Endomorphs are not the only people to become overweight. While Endomorphs are more likely to become fat or obese, both Ectomorphs and Mesomorphs may sometimes become overweight, but when they do, they can lose the extra weight more easily and keep it off, where as we Endomorphs have greater difficulty in losing weight and keeping it off.
When an Ectomorph becomes overweight, most of the extra weight settles in the belly. An Ectomorph may develope a little bit of a pot belly or beer belly, but they do not gain much weight anywhere else, and they only become only slightly overweight. Ectomorphs don't become obese or even fat, nor even chubby, but only slightly overweight by about 10 or 20 pounds or so, and that's about it. Also, they can lose the extra weight very easily and keep it off more easily than most people.
When a Mesomorph becomes overweight, for males most of the extra weight gain is on the upper-body and he becomes slightly apple-shaped while for females, the weight gain is more evenly distributed and she still retains her "hourglass" shaped. Mesomorphs may become kind of chubby getting up to around 50 pounds overweight but they very seldom become really obese. They also can lose the extra weight very easily and keep it off more easily.
Generally speaking, Mesomorphs are a lot more muscular than both Ectomorphs and Endomorphs. We Endomorphs are also more muscular than Ectomorphs but not as muscular at Mesomorphs. Most athletic body builders tend to be Mesomorphs, and through lifting weights or "pumping iron" some male body builders have been able to get up to around 300 to 350 pounds or so, but they are not fat. The extra weight is mostly muscle.
Now we Endomorphs, we can gain weight far more easily than the other body types, and we have far greater difficulty losing the weight or keeping it off, and we can become super super obese. Endomorphs hold the world's records for weight gain with some getting up to way over a thousand pounds or more! Most Endomorphs tend to be soft and weak but when weight lifting or pumping iron, Endomorphs can build up muscles very easily. We Endomorphs are very good at gaining weight, whether it be gaining fat from the foods we eat, or building muscles from weight lifting. we can do both very well. Gaining weight is what we Endomorphs do best. Sumo Wrestlers tend to be pear-shaped Endomorphs and they hold the worlds record for being the largest and heaviest athletes. A Sumo Wrestler can weigh up to 700 pounds and still not be immobile, therefore, Endomorphs can become even stronger than Mesomorphs. The strongest Endomorphs on record weigh twice as much as the strongest Mesopmorphs on record. but Endomorphs carry a lot of fat to cover their muscles so that no matter how strong and muscular Endomorphs become, they still look like great big soft round cream-puffs.
Next picture below shows a handsome Male and Female couple. Both are nice and plump, an Endomorphic couple. Actually, the female is only Endomorphic while the Male is actually Hyper-endomorphic.
The result is the next photo below.
As you can see, the male on the left is taller than his female companion, so naturally, his torso length is going to be longer. But even though he is taller, his legs are shorter and his waist and crotch are lower than those of his shorter female companion. His arms are probably the same length as the arms of his female companion, but shorter in proportion to his larger body and his height.
The female's torso length and leg length are approximately equal, so she's just an Endomorph, while the male's torso length is greater than the length of his legs, and so, he's Hyper-endomorphic, having a much larger body and even shorter limbs.
So, if your torso length and the length of your legs are approximately equal then you're just an Endomorph. But if your torso length is greater than the length of your legs, then you're Hyper-endomorphic.
T = Torso Length
L = Leg length
T = L = Endomorphic
T > L = Hyper-endomorphic
The female in the photo on the left and the male in the photo on the right are only just Endomorphs because their torso lengths and leg lengths are approximately equal.
The male wearing the little black speedo on the left, and the male wearing the big baggy shorts on the right, they are both Hyper-endomorphic because their torso lengths are greater than the length of their legs.
The male is Hyper-endomorphic because of his longer torso and shorter legs that are less than his torso length. His female companion is an athletic Mesomorph having the typical "hourglass" shape and her legs are longer than her torso. The male is much taller than his female companion, yet his legs are slightly shorter than her legs. He also has that somewhat "effeminate" looking pear-shape because of his broad hips which are much broader than his chest.
In this photo of the happy looking chubby trio, the two females are Endomorphs because their torso lengths and leg lengths are approximately equal, while the male is Hyper-endomorphic because his torso is longer than his legs. Although he is the tallest of the three, his legs are slightly shorter than the legs of the shortest female on the far left.
Now I Know! I Am Hyper-endomorphic!
And finally, in the next photo, this one taken of myself back in April 2007 when I weighed about 375 pounds. I now weigh 400 pounds at 5 feet 6 inches tall.
I added some black lines to my photo to show my height and body proportions, and as you can see, my torso length is greater than the length of my legs, so I'm also Hyper-endomorphic.
Chest - 56 inches
Waist - 64 inches
Hips - 70 inches
Thighs - 36 inches
So, I'm only slightly pear-shaped, actually more proportional, bordering on pear-shaped.
As I have mentioned before, my height is 5 feet 6 inches or 66 inches tall, so normally a male my height would have a torso length of 23 inches from shoulder to crotch, and a crotch height, or leg length of 32 inches, but in my particular case, as I have said before, my torso is 30 inches long and my legs only 26 inches long.
So, going back the the web site at:
If I keep entering different numbers to determine the height of someone with a torso length of 30 inches, or a leg length of only 26 inches, then I get some rather surprising results.
A male with a torso length of 30 inches would normally have legs that are approximately 42 inches long, and normally, he would be about 88 inches or 7 feet 4 inches tall.
A male who's legs are only 26 inches long would normally have a torso length of 18.5 inches, and normally, he would be only 54 inches or 4 feet 6 inches tall.
So, from this, am I to understand, that I have the torso of a male who is 7 feet 4 inches tall, and the legs of a male who is only 4 feet 6 inches tall?
It appears that my torso is 7 inches longer than it should be for my height and that my legs are 6 inches shorter than what they would normally be for my height, and that as a compromise, I turned out to be 5 feet 6 inches tall instead.
Indeed, I am most definitely Hyper-endomorphic! And I have noticed that more and more males that I see out on the streets have Hyper-endomorphic body proportions with longer torsos and shorter legs, while most females continue to retain more somewhat normal body proportions. I just haven't seen any Hyper-endomorphic females. Lots of nice chubby and plump Endomorphic females, but no Hyper-endomorphic females.
But I have been seeing more and more really obese men who are Hyper-endomorphic. It appears that in the future, over the years, men will get taller while their legs will get shorter and they will become more and more obese.
Now, all of this is based on my own personal observations, but I have seen a lot of male and female chubby couples, or couples where the male is obese while his female companion is of average size or thin, and I have seen many of these cases where the male is taller than his female companion, and yet, his arms and legs are shorter than those of his female companion.
So far, I haven't come across any examples of Hyper-endomorphic females. I suppose there might be some out there, but I haven't seen any. In Ectomorphic and Mesomorphic males and females, the legs are longer than the torso length, but with females, the torso is slightly longer and the legs slightly shorter, but not by very much. The differences are too small to be noticed by the casual observer. Also, males are 8 heads high and females are 7 heads high.
In both Endomorphic males and females, the torso length and leg length are equal, and both male and female Endomorphs are about 7 heads high, so we Endomorphs have slightly larger heads in proportion to our height with shorter necks and shorter limbs.
But it appears that Hyper-endomorphism, where the legs are shorter than the torso length, seems to occur mostly in males, with the exception being in cases of Achondroplastic or Hypochondroplastic Dwarfism, where in both males and females, the arms and legs are very short in proportion to the body, and the legs are much shorter than the torso. But the head is also much larger in proportion to the height.
Dwarfs are only about 5 heads tall, and the forehead is more prominent, tending to bulge forward. So dwarfs are naturally Hyper-endomorphic with a stocky build and they tend to become obese for their height. The exception being in rare cases of Primal Dwarfism where they have the same proportions as full grown adults, but they tend to be thin and frail, and much shorter. They are all little Ectomorphs, and miniaturized versions of full grown adults.
But while all Achondroplastic and Hypochondroplastic dwarfs are just naturally Hyper-endomorphic, not all Hyper-endomorphic people are Achondroplastic or Hypochondroplastic, because with full grown adults who are Hyper-endomorphic, their heads are of a normal size in proportion to their height. Therefore, while all dwarfs with Achondroplasia or Hypochondroplasia are Hyper-endomorphic, being Hyper-endomorphic by itself does not mean you have Achondroplasia or Hypochondroplasia. It only means that you have a large body and shorter limbs becausethe head is still normally proportioned to your height.
Now I have seen a few guys who were not overweight, but still had a long torso and short legs. I once saw some guy in his 20s who was about 6 feet tall and somewhat slender with really short legs, but his arms were only somewhat shorter in proportion to his height. In my opinion, that looks kind of weird, but then, that is only my own opinion. To me, it looks more natural to see shorter arms and shorter legs attached to a nice plump round body, but to see short arms and really short legs attached to a long slender body, well, that just looks way out of proportion. But it is quite possible, that as he gets much older, in his 30s or 40s, he might become really obese. When you have a really long torso and really short legs and short arms, you already have the Hyper-endomorphic body proportions, even if you're not yet overweight, but with proportions like that, you are set up to become obese sooner or later.
A LONG TORSO WITH SHORT LEGS, AND WHY OBESE GUYS WITH REALLY SHORT LEGS SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NEVER ATTEMPT TO LOSE WEIGHT!!!
I once saw a really tall guy, about 6 feet 4 inches with a very long body and really short legs! He was not skinny or fat, rather, he was of average build. But to me, in my opinion, he looked really weird! He was young, probably in his late teens or early 20s. I predict, that as he gets older he will probably become obese, because I have noticed that super obese people with great big plump round bodies usually have really short fat legs. Their legs tend to be rather short in proportion to their height.
Now, it looks perfectly natural for an obese male with a great big plump round body to have really short legs, short fat little legs and short fat arms. But to see really short legs on a long slender body, well . . . . . . . that just looks too fucking weird!
In the picture below, we can see that this is one of those typical "Before And After" photos that we often see in so many commercials for diet and weight loss products.
In my opinion, he looked much better when he was fat. Now, after losing a lot of weight, he looks more like an old rag that has been wrung out and hung up to dry! Forget it buddy! You should never have lost all the weight. You looked so much better when your were fat. Now you look more like one of those stupid wiener-dogs with the really long bodies and really short legs. When you were fat, you actually looked more human! Please! Take back the fat! OK???
SOME OBESE GUYS SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT TO LOSE
ANY WEIGHT! ABSOLUTELY NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!
I believe that if you have a really long torso and really short legs and short arms, then you absolutely need to fatten up!
Of course, I have noticed that most obese people, especially obese males tend to have short legs in proportion to their height. I have a theory as to why people with really short legs tend to be more obese.
If you happen to be Hyper-endomorphic, having an extra long torso and really short legs, then you just naturally going to fatten up real easy. I longer torso or larger body means that you have a larger internal organs, a bigger stomach to hold more food, and longer intestinal length to absorb more nutriants and calories from the foods you eat, so your body is designed to take in more food.
Because you have shorter legs, then your legs have shorter muscles, and shorter limbs with shorter muscles burn fewer calories and at a slower rate when in motion, and if you have really short legs and short arms, then you can not move your limbs fast enough to use up all the calories you take in.
It's as if the Hyper-endomorphic body is deliberately designed by nature to fatten up, to take in more food and burn off less calories. The Hyper-endomorphic body is designed for a lifetime of continuous weight gain. Those of us who are Hyper-endomorphic, we are predestined to grow fatter and fatter for the rest of our lives. We are like the mighty oak trees. We don't stop growing. Yes, we stop growing in height when we become adults, but we continue to grow wider and heavier. We just keep on growing fatter and fatter.
That's because our great big round bodies are designed to take in more food and our short fat little arms and legs are designed to move about too slowly to burn calories. We are designed to store away calories, not to burn calories.
We are suppose to grow fatter and fatter!!!
I have also seen some extreme examples of Hyper-endomorphism. One day I was out with a friend of mine, and we went out to have lunch, and while he was driving me home, we went through a residential area, when we saw this short fat Hispanic guy who looked like he was in his late 40s or early 50s.
He could not have been more than 5 feet tall. He had a big round body and really short fat little baby legs! Normally a male who is 5 feet tall will have a torso length of approximately 21 inches and legs approximately 29 inches long, or if he is merely Endomorphic, his torso length and leg length would both be about 25 inches, both being equal. But since he was an extreme Hyper-endomorph, his fat little baby legs looked like they could not have been more than one third of his torso length or no more than 12 inches long, or about 17 inches shorter than they normally would have been for his height, so his torso length had to be about 17 inches longer than what would be expected for his height, or approximately 38 inches. Also, his fat little baby arms were so short he could not reach the waistband of his shorts.
He looked like the Extreme Hyper-endomorphic male as depicted in the next picture below.
As you can see, his fat little baby legs are only about one third of his torso length, and with his short fat little baby arms, he can't reach the waistband of his shorts.
Of course, when we saw this guy walking the streets, he was wearing a bright green T shirt and dark blue shorts as depicted in the next picture below.
Yes, I had actually seen a fat little Hyper-endomorph like the picture above.
Although his arms and legs have the same proportions to his body as those of an Achondroplastic or Hypochondroplastic dwarf, he dose not have Achondroplasia or Hypochondroplasia, because his head is still of a size normally proportioned to the height of an adult male. He just happened to be a short adult male only 5 feet tall.
As we watched him waddle along the sidewalk, he looked like he was struggling to walk, huffing and puffing, and beads of sweat breaking out on his plump round baby face, but he had a great big happy smile as though he didn't have a care in all the world! Although he wasn't immobile, which was quite obvious because he was out walking the streets, he did look rather helpless, but he also looked happy.
We both wondered, how he was able to put on his own clothes, or how he was able to wipe his own butt or bathe himself, because his arms were not long enough for his hands to reach the waistband of his shorts. He probably had somebody at home who took care of him, and tended to all of his personal needs, perhaps the reason for the happy expression on his face.
My friend said that he looked like an obese little leprechaun because of the bright green T-shirt he was wearing and his dark blue shorts, and of course, we both thought he looked really cute! Naturally! Yeah, he looked just like a cute obese little leprechaun!
It seems that I have been noticing more and more young guys who are taller than their female companions, and yet, their arms and legs are shorter. Something is happening to us guys. Obesity is on the increase all over the world, especially here in the USA. For many decades, the percentage of obesity among woman as always been much higher than it was among men, but then, during the 1980s, obesity has been increasing faster among men than among women, and now the percentage of obesity among men has finally become higher than among women.
Being Hyper-endomorphic does have it's advantages. Having shorter legs and a larger body gives a Hyper-endomorphic male a lower center of gravity so he can stand his ground more firmly on his feet. Among Ectomorphs and Mesomorphs, females have a lower center of gravity. Males tend to have more upper-body strength while females tend to have more lower-body strength. But males who are Hyper-endomorphic, because of our much shorter and thicker legs, we have a lower center of gravity and more lower-body strength, especially us hyper-endomorphic males who are somewhat more pear-shaped. It appears that we males who are Hyper-endomorphic have more in common with females than we do with other males who are either Ectomorphic or Mesomorphic.
I have also noticed, that we Hyper-endomorphic males and not as aggressive as other males. We tend to be more laid back and easy going, more gentle and docile. I guess when you have a big soft plump round body, really short chunky legs, and waddle like an obese little penguin when you walk, we would look kind of silly, if not ridiculous, trying to put on a tuff Macho act. Yes, some Hyper-endomorphic males can be incredibly strong, be even then, it is still our nature to be more gentle and nonaggressive. When you have a great big round body standing on short chunky legs then your size and weight alone can be intimidating to others around you, so we really have no need to be aggressive. We can be very peaceful and calm, as gentle and docile as fat little lambs, and yet, because of our size and heaviness on our feet as we walk, or waddle, we can still be intimidating without being aggressive.
I should know from personal experience, because at 400 pounds, when I step aboard a bus, or walk into a room full of people, I'm usually the largest person there out of 30 or 40 other people, and sometimes my presence can be very intimidating. But I'm gentle and harmless. I'm actually an obese sissy boy. I'm a straight guy, but I'm a sissified straight guy, and yet, people are often intimidated by my size, even people who are taller than I am are still intimidated. But I'm actually a rather timid person myself, and yet, I can still be the most dominant person in a crowd just because of my size.
I believe that the reason why there is so much prejudice against us fat people is because, deep down at some primeval or subconscious level, they are actually envious, and wish they were larger in size. We great big fat people are God's special creations. We are magnificent, monumental, and Majestic. Even the poorest among us, we are still Royalty! I like to think of fat as being Royal Flesh. In ages past, it was only Kings and Queens, Dukes and Duchesses, etc. etc. who where were able to become very fat! But now, even the poorest among us can become magnificently, monumentally, and Majestically Obese! Yes, we are truly giants! Even if you're only 4 feet tall, if you weigh at least 300 pounds, then you have earned the right, to call yourself, a giant!
I have noticed that there are a lot of young guys who actually wish they're were much bigger. Take for example some guys who are in street gangs. Notice how they like to wear big baggy pants or shorts halfway down on their hips, and a large over-sized shirt that goes way down below their hips, giving them the appearance of having larger bodies, and much shorter and thicker legs, what is known as the Hip Hop style. And if they happen to have round faces and shaved heads, then it makes the Hip Hop style look even more intimidating.
Well, for those of us who happen to be Hyper-endomorphic, we already have larger bodies, shorter and thicker legs, lower hips and a lower waist, so we don't have to wear our pants or shorts halfway down on our hips. We can wear our pants or shorts up around the waist above our hips, and we would still have that Hip Hop look. Those of use who are pear-shaped that is. Of course obese males who are apple-shaped can't keep their pants from falling halfway down on their butts, so they dress Hip Hop wether they want to or not.
But we pear-shaped obese males, we can still wear our pants up high around the waist above the hips and still have the Hip Hop look!
That is because we Hyper-endomorphic males already have Hip Hop bodies! Yeah, I guess since I'm Hyper-endomorphic then I also have a Hip Hop body!
Now, I think that is really cool!!!
DR WHILLIAM SHELDON'S SOMATO-TYPES
OR BODY TYPE AND TEMPERAMENT TYPES
William Sheldon (1898-1977) was an American psychologist who devoted his life to observing the variety of human bodies and temperaments. He taught and did research at a number of U.S. universities and is best known for his series of books on the human constitution. He was a keen observer of animals and birds as a child, and he turned this talent to good effect by becoming an avid people-watcher, and out of his observations he gradually elaborated his typology.
In the 1940s, Sheldon developed a theory that there are three basic body types, or somatotypes (based on the three tissue layers: endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm), each associated with personality characteristics, representing a correlation between physique and temperament.
Ectomorphy - focused on the nervous system and the brain (ectoderm) - the tendency towards slightness, corresponds to Cerebrotonia temperament artistic, sensitive, apprehensive, introvert.
Mesophorphy - focused on musculature and the circulatory system (mesoderm), has the tendency towards muscularity, corresponds to the Somatotonia temperament courageous, energetic, active, dynamic, assertive, aggressive, risk taker
Endomorphy - focused on the digestive system, particularly the stomach (endoderm); has the tendency toward plumpness, corresponds to Viscerotonia temperament tolerant, love of comfort and luxury, extravert.
Ectomorphic Body Type:
* flat chest
* delicate build
* young appearance
* lightly muscled
* large brain
Associated personality traits:
* preference for privacy
* socially anxious
* mentally intense
* emotionally restrained
Mesomorphic Body Type:
* hard, muscular body
* overly mature appearance
* rectangular shaped
* thick skin
* upright posture
Associated personality traits:
* desire for power and dominance
* indifference to what others think or want
* assertive, bold
* zest for physical activity
* love of risk and chance
Endomorphic Body Type:
* soft body
* underdeveloped muscles
* round shaped
* over-developed digestive system
Associated personality traits:
* evenness of emotions
* love of comfort
* good humored
* need for affection
So, I guess that there must be something to Dr William Sheldon's theories on body types and personality traits, because I have seen so many perfect examples.
Personally, I think more research needs to be done on this.
I also have my own theories on body proportions and Hyper-endomorphism.
I have noticed that most people who's legs are short for their height tend to be overweight, as in my case for example: my having the torso length of 30 inches, the torso of a male being 7 ft 4 in tall, the legs only about 26 inches, the legs of a male only 4 ft 6 in tall.
As I had mentioned before, the shorter limbs of the hyper-endomorphic male has shorter and thicker bones, and shorter muscles, so that shorter limbs burn fewer calories and at a slower rate when in motion. A longer torso has larger internal organs, a larger stomach to hold more food, and longer intestinal length to absorb more nutrients and calories from the foods we eat, so it appears that the Hyper-endomorphic body type with a much longer torso and much shorter limbs, has been deliberately designed by nature for taking in more calories and burning them off at a much slower rate, resulting in a very easy weight gain. It's like nature intended for some of us to be fat.
I also have theory as to why Hyper-endomorphism occurs mostly in men, why more men are Hyper-endomorphic while most plump women are only Endomorphic.
I believe an evolutionary change is happening to the human species, causing more men to have larger bodies and shorter limbs so that in the future, more and more males, even when taller than their female companions, most of the males will have shorter arms and shorter legs than their female companions.
It will mean that in the future, all humans will be obese, but males will be more obese than the females. For ages it has been that women were more likely to be obese than men, but now, it's beginning to be the opposite way around. It will be the males who will become more obese than the females.
Since women in the future will have longer legs than the men, women will be able to walk faster while their taller male companions having much larger bodies and shorter legs will find it difficult to keep up with the female. In the future, only women will be able to walk and run while men will only be able to waddle about on their short fat legs.
Because of this, in the future, men will become the weaker sex. Men will become less aggressive, more passive and docile, while women will become stronger and be able to move faster than the men, even though both men and women will be obese, women will only be Endomorphic while men will be Hyper-endomorphic.
I believe that the reason for this turn-about is because nature has found a way to keep the human race from becoming extinct, because for thousands and thousands of years, men have been the aggressors, waging war, and ruining the planet, and women have all too often been the victims of male aggression. So, what better way to render men more passive and docile? Some evolutionary process is happening to enlarge the male bodies, and shorten their limbs, so that eventually, males won't be able run anymore, and will only be able to waddle about like big fat penguins when they walk.
It will mean, that in the future, that as more and more men become Hyper-endomorphic, men will be too soft and weak to want to wage war, and will have to depend more on their intelligence to solve the world's problems. It also means that if a man gets angry, he won't be able to do much in the way of aggression, and the women will be able to outrun him anyway.
In the future, men who are mean and aggressive will become a thing of the past. In the future, men will all become as gentle and docile as fat little lambs.
The next picture below depict a typical male and female couple in the future.
As a result of future males becoming more and more hyper-endomorphic, having larger bodies and shorter arms and shorter legs, the future male will be unable to bathe himself, to wipe his own butt, and to put on his own clothes because his arms will be too short to even reach the waistband of his pants. He will have to depend more on his female companion to take care of him, to bathe him, and to put his clothes on for him.
apple-shaped and pear-shaped obese males in the future.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TO US MEN?
I have noticed over the years that young men are taller now, but their legs are shorter. Like, what's going on? What is happening to us males?
I'm 58 years old, and when I was in my 20's the average male was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 175 pounds while the average woman was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds. Now the average male is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 195 pounds and the average femals is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.
So, on average, we are getting taller and heavier, but weight has been increasing faster than height. When I was in my 20s, about 45% percent of the US population was overweight to some degree with maybe 10% percent being obese. Now, about 70% percent of the US population is overweight with almost 45% percent being obese.
For a long time, the obesity rate among woman was higher than among men. But all during the last half of the 20th Century, the obesity rates had been increasing among both males and females. In the 1980s the increase in the obesity rates in males had been catching up with the increase in obesity among females, and in the 1990s the rate of increase among both men and women was about equal. Then ever since the early 2000s the obesity rates among men started to increase faster than among women. As a result, the obesity rate among men is now higher than among women. Men are becoming more obese than women on average now and while men make up less than half of the total population of the USA, there are actually now, more obese males than obese females, and we males are becoming more obese than the females.
Also, even though males are getting taller, their legs are getting shorter. Here lately I have been seeing more and more male and female couples where the male is taller than his female companion, yet, his arms and legs are shorter than those of his female companion!
What's going on here?
As mentioned earlier before, normally the length of the legs is longer than the torso length, while in Endomorphs, the leg length and torso length are approximately equal, while in the Hyper-endomorphic males the legs are shorter than the torso length.
But I have also been noticing more and more younger men who are not overweight, yet their legs are shorter than the torso length. I have seen a lot of tall guys with a low waist and really short legs. It looks kind of weird. I'm sure these guys will eventually become more overweight or even obese as the get older.
And why is this only happening to men?
Why are obese males becoming Hyper-endomorphic while obese females remain only Endomorphic? Why are we seeing more and more obese Hyper-endomorphic males with larger bodies and shorter legs, and shorter arms?
The only time I have ever seen Hyper-endomorphism in females is in cases of Achondroplastic Dwarfism or Achondroplasia where the legs are shorter than the torso length, but in cases of Achondorplasia, the head is large in proportion to the height.
Notice in the photo below that her legs are shorter than her torso length.
Achrondroplastic Dwarfs are just naturally hyper-endomorphic. The next picture below depicts a perfect example of an obese Hyper-endomorphic female dwarf.
a much larger and easier to read view
Hey! when you weigh at least 300 pounds, you have earned the right to call yourself a giant, even if you're only a dwarf that is less then 3 feet tall, if you weigh at least twice as much as an adult of average height, then you are a giant!
So, I consider myself a giant, even though I'm only 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 3 inches shorter than the average male at 5 feet 9 inches tall. Therefor I consider myself a giant because I weigh about 400 pounds!
And I'm Hyper-endomorphic because my legs are shorter than my torso length.
I have always been hyper-endomorphic because my legs have always been shorter than my torso length. When I was born, my mother said the my legs and arms were kind of short in proportion to the size of my round little body, so I was just naturally born hyper-endomorphic.
And now, we are beginning to see more and more males who, even if not yet overweight, their legs are shorter than their torso lengths, and when standing next to their female companions, even though taller than their female companions, their legs and arms are shorter, and the waistline and hips are lower than those of their female companions.
With each new generation, males will be taller, but their arms and legs will be shorter while their bodies will get bigger and more rounded out. If this trend continues into the future, males will have really huge round bodies and short fat baby legs and short fat arms.
Once again, notice the picture below.
This is how young males and females might appear in the future toward the end of the 21st Century. Notice how helpless the male has become. His fat little baby arms are too short to reach the waistband of his shorts. He is unable to put on his own clothes and he is unable to bathe himself or even wipe is own butt. He is dependent on his female companion to dress him, to bathe him, and to wipe his butt for him. Notice how short his legs are. His legs are only about 1/3 of his torso length, even though he is much taller than his female companion, his legs and arms are much shorter. His female companion can walk much faster than he can run, assuming he could run at all, which is rather doubtful. Actually, he can't even walk, but can only waddle instead.
The obese female is also unable to wipe her own butt without having to use a pair of tongs as a toilet paper holder. At least, she can use a pair of tongs. But the male doesn't even have that option! That's because his arms are so short and his hips are so low that there are not even any tongs that are long enough for him to use as a toilet paper holder. So, his female companion must tend to his personal hygiene for him.
Again, notice the next picture below, depicting how both apple-shaped and pear-shaped future males will become more Hyper-endomorphic or even Super-hyper-endomorphic!
If the trend continues, and I believe it will, then some time by the mid to late 22ed Century, the Super-hyper-endomorphic obese males, both apple-shaped and pear-shaped, will have even bigger bodies and even shorter limbs, and become even more helpless and dependent on their female companions who will continue to be merely Endomorphic, but will probably not become Hyper-endomorphic as males will surly become. The future males will have even larger bodies and shorter limbs with the legs being only 1/5 the torso length.
Why is this happening to us males? What evolutionary process is causing this?
I have a theory as to why this is happening.
For centuries, men have been the aggressors. I was men who made war, and it is men who are still making war with more and more destructive results. We now have nuclear weapons and biological weapons that could very well destroy all life on this planet. So, it appears that the evolutionary forces are acting to prevent the extinction of life. What better way, than to cause men to become too helpless to act out their aggression? Or if you don't believe in evolution, then you could say that God himself decided to intervene to counter male aggression in order to save humanity from destruction. Personally, I believe in evolution, but I also believe there's a God.
Anyway . . . . . . .
When men can no longer bathe themselves, nor put on their own clothes, nor even wipe their own butts, and having to depend on their female companions to bathe them, wipe their butts for them, and help them get their clothes on, then the women will rule the world and the men will serve as drones, donating sperm to women who will artificially inseminate themselves, because the men will be physically unable to engage in sexual intercourse.
Women will essentially rule the world. Yes, both men and women will go to schools to be well educated. Men will be able to do some jobs, like being teachers or office workers while women will be in politics and in construction work since men will be physically unable to work at construction, being much too large to move about very much.
But best of all, there will be no more wars, because even if some men still have an aggressive attitude, they will be physically incapable to act out on their aggressive feelings. A man will be unable to attack a women, because of his really short fat baby legs. A woman will not have to run away from him, but will be able to get away simply by walking, because women will have longer legs and will be able to walk much faster than the a man could ever run. But men won't be able to run anyway, but only waddle about on their short fat baby legs.
Also, if any guy who refuses to co-operate with his female companion, then she might refuse to help him get his clothes on, and just let him sit around at home in the nude, as naked as the day he was born, like a big fat baby boy. Then he would not be able to go out when he wanted to. Woman will virtually have men over the proverbial barrel.
Yes, I actually like what's happening to us men!
I like that we men are becoming more and more obese, that there is now more obese men than there are obese women. I like how each in successive future generation, men will have bigger bodies and shorter limbs and become more and more Super-hyper-endomorphic.
As I have said much earlier, I'm also Hyper-endomorphic, and I like it. It actually feels quit comfortable having a larger body and shorter limbs. It gives a guy a more relaxed and laid back kind of appearance.
Some might think that for my height, my torso is 7 inches too long and my legs are 6 inches too short, but I say, I'm not too anything. I'm built the way nature intended for me to be built. With my larger body and shorter limbs, I'm built like a Teddy Bear, so I'm going to be plump and round like a fat Teddy Bear.
I'm glad that I'm Hyper-endomorphic. The Hyper-endomorphic body is the most comfortable type of body to have.
I have seen the future and . . . . .
. . . . . it is fat.
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