Important research from the Stern School of Business at NYU reveals that men prefer their women heavier in times of "resource scarcity". That research (and some related research on how Playmate of the Year selections vary with economic conditions) is summarized here.
What the research does not show is whether women in general respond to these changes in tastes by varying their weight.
For younger readers, the implicit cultural reference in the title of the post is to a song called "Everything is Beautiful" from the 1970s.
Who was my favorite student this term?
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