The body of a woman is significantly different from that of a man. These differences are both physical, what can be seen, and physiological, what we are not able to see such as hormonal differences. These differences are intentionally meant for purposes of adapting the woman to be able to reproduce and be fertile. In addition to being different from a man’s body, women’s bodies also differ among different women. Women’s bodies differ in shapes at their inflection points: bust, waist, hips and relationship between different body parts. Despite these differences, the body of a woman will have a certain form. The body narrows at the waist as compared to bust and hip areas. Following is a discussion of physiological aspects and shapes of women’s bodies.
The physiology of a woman’s body
The body of a woman goes through changes at different times because of changing hormonal levels. The hormone that has the most effect on females is oestrogen. At the age of around thirteen years, girls enter puberty and start showing more femininity. This means their breasts grow larger and hips broaden. These changes occur when their bodies start producing oestrogen. Similarly, the body of a woman will also undergo some noticeable changes during pregnancy. These changes include the breasts being firmer and having bigger sized nipples. Another physiological aspect of a woman’s body is fat distribution. Generally, women have higher amounts of fat than men. This is mostly due to the high levels of estrogen hormones in females. The high amounts of fat in women act as a source of energy especially during pregnancy. The hormones also contribute to the distribution of this fat, making it be concentrated in areas such as buttocks and hips.
The shape of a woman’s body
The shape of a woman’s body can fall into one of four categories. However, it is important to note that a shape in any of these categories can vary quite a great deal. With a rectangular shape, the waist is usually almost the same size as the hips and bust areas. An inverted triangle shape includes a bust much bigger than the waist and thighs. Another shape is referred to as the spoon, which involves a woman having hips much bigger than the bust. The last shape is referred to as the hourglass and it includes a narrow waist with pronounced bust and hips that are almost equal in size.
A research on the shapes of a woman’s body found out that rectangular shaped women are the most common accounting for almost half of all women.