Originally Posted by imageWIS
Hell, lets go back further: Ideal body, 2011:
Greek Bronze, 430 BCE:
Well, looks like your theory is shot to hell. The 'ideal' male body has not changed in thousands of years.
You are so fucking wrong. I'm not one to get in the middle of an internet pissing match, but your cockiness will make it my pleasure to destroy you. Maybe to an artist (i.e: the person who made those sculptures) the ideal male body has not changed. But as far as society is concerned it has changed many times. There was a time around the 1800's when being slightly overweight was seen as an attractive trait; it meant you were wealthy enough to eat well. The whole six pack thing didn't come into play until fairly recently, it was a movement started with farmers and other laborers who worked hard and thus developed fit bodies. It has changed in women as well, look at the bombshell pinup girls of WWI and contrast them to models today, and what is currently seen as attractive. To say "ideals" haven't changed in thousands of years is just plain ignorant. However, that wasn't even the argument here. He was simply stating that with todays growing obesity rate in the states, the OP would probably be considered normal, comparatively.
So, it would seem you are wrong. On both counts.