When my editor Lesley Ciarula Taylor sent me this story from Australia's The Age, I got all excited.
More Australian men will choose size 14 over size eight when it comes to the body shape of their ideal woman, igniting debate on what it means to be thin.
Men's magazine FHM conducted an online survey asking whether its readers found a size eight, size 12 or size 14 model most attractive.
The survey drew 60,000 responses. Four-fifths said they were more attracted to the size 12 and 14 models than the size eight model pictured.
Most votes went to the size 12 woman, with 41 per cent of respondents saying she had the body shape of their "ideal girlfriend".
The size 14 body was preferred by 39 per cent, while the size eight came a distant third with 20 per cent.
FHM editor Ben Smithurst said the findings were good news for women.
"A piddling 20 per cent of readers selected our size eight model pictured as their ideal girl physique, while the size 12 and 14 models easily outscored their skinnier rival," he said.
"Which proves one thing, ladies: crack a beer, hoe into a hamburger and we'll love you just as much."
Okay, so it was an online survey, which doesn't make it scientific.
Still, it is encouraging news that real men like real women and not the plastic fantastic creatures too many of us aspire to be.
But before you do your plus-size dance around your computer cubicle, know one thing. Australian (and British) sizes are not the same as those in North America. Their size 12 is our size 10. In other words, if you were buying an imported dress, you'd need to go up a size.
Which means that you can't be ''hoeing'' into that many hamburgers, especially the North American super-sized versions.
But don't be discouraged. There's hope in these numbers -- and my sense is that a similar survey on this continent would get not very different results, only one size smaller.
After all, Marilyn Monroe would probably have been a size 10 today. (And yes, I know that she may have worn a 12 or even a 14, but as we've become bigger, so have dress sizes.)
Is she FAT? At least one dietitian -- and former pageant judge -- thinks so.
Feted and fawned over for her courage in daring to break the mould, Chloe boasts she wants to be an "ambassador for curves".
Who on earth does she think she's kidding? What she's demonstrating isn't bravery but a shocking lack of self-control.
Instead of flaunting her figure, Chloe ought to own up to the truth. She is fat and she got that way by over-eating.
The 17 year-old beautician and model is 5'10", weighs in at about 175 pounds, and measures 38DD-32-42. Seems healthy to me especially since, as she claims, she works out and is fit.
But her body type is not the leggy pageant queen usual. She's bottom heavy like so many women. You can't see her ribs like you can with so many celebrities and models today.
But at least she isn't part of the media machinery which encourages so many young girls to starve themselves to death and makes others hate themselves.
I suppose what's really horrifying is that (1) there are still stupid pageants like this and (2) women's bodies are still up for public flagellation.
So I think I'll stop writing now ... and move to Australia.