There’s so much wrong with this study.
As someone who has basically none of these ‘attractive’ traits I’m extremely concerned that people will take this too seriously and start telling 'unattractive’ people they can’t have endometriosis. My experience with doctors tells me that some absolutely will do that. This will be used as a yet another reason to deny fat people healthcare. Another study we need to argue with to access the medicine even thin people struggle to get.
The second problem is that they studied the “attractiveness” of these patients. They’ve used a clearly biased term, one with no objective meaning. Its informal and unprofessional. They could have just compared appearances. But they didn’t. They went and asked if people thought the patients were hot as well. Why? Seriously, why? Why did they need endo patients for this? It gives a strong impression of triviality.
They have conflated thinness with feminineness and attractiveness.
Two hundred years ago it was the other way 'round. There’s no reason fat people with ovaries are less feminine, except how we perceive them
at this point and in fact they’ve been found to have slightly more
estrogens than thinner people with ovaries.
There’s just a boatload of assumptions built on our current society’s ideas of beauty and femininity which aren’t at all objective. But these people’s opinions on the patients’ bodies are treated as objective assessments of attractiveness. That’s not a thing. You may as well throw it all out anyway, because fat people with ovaries have slightly more estrogens. So, clearly our current ideas of beauty aren’t much related to hormones like this study assumes. There’s basically no reason to believe it would be if you look at history and how beauty changes over time. So, why was this study done?
This study sucks for 'unattractive’ (ie. mostly fat, but also those with unpopular fat distributions) people and uses problematic language and makes problematic
assumptions. It uses people with endometriosis (risking disadvantaging
people who are not 'attractive’) to try and prove that current beauty
ideals have some objective component, which is hilarious, if you know
the first thing about it.
That’s why I don’t like it.