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How have our standards of beauty changed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Standards of beauty have actually changed very little throughout Earth's history. However, some attractiveness cues have changed over the centuries due to human adversities. For example, in the Middle Ages, having pock marks on the body meant you had already survived smallpox and would be more desirable (because you were less likely to be killed by the world's biggest plague). So pocked people became more sought-after—meaning more beautiful. And, in times of little food (such as the 15th century and the Great Depression), plump figures were more desirable because they conveyed enough wealth to provide food for the young.
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