Re: Making sex more difficult

Rich Travsky (rtravsky@UWYO.EDU)
7 Nov 95 22:51:18 MST

"J.E.Hawcroft" <> writes:
>Having a lower population would be advantagoues only now that we ar
>overpopulated. In Plesitocene times I don't think they were so short of
>Now answer me this: why is it that in the well-fed West, women who are
>extremely thin (less than 17% body fat I believe) become infertile,
>whereas in developing countries where famines occur, women keep on having
>babies despite being down to starvation levels of body fat? Women living
>through famines seem to have their fertility unaffected by body fat
>levels by some strange mechanism when, to be callous, one might say they
>would be better off becoming temporarily infertile. Any suggestions?
Cultural differences and education contribute to different attitudes
of birthing. Western "ideals" of feminine beauty lean (no pun intended)
to the thin; high infant mortality rates leads to attitudes promoting
higher birth rates. Etc.