Saturday, July 21, 2018

Experts examine differences in female proportion in Urals, Siberia

A recent report by E1 online news service in Yekaterinburg suggests that women in Siberia and the Urals have shorter legs and lower backsides than other Russian women due to cold whether.

On average, a woman born and living in the Urals has leg measurements which are 3.75 - 4.75 inches shorter than a typical female living in southern Russia. Meanwhile, Siberian women's leg measurements are, on average, around four inches shorter than the average Russian woman, The Siberian Times reports.

"Yes we see this visual contracts," Sverdlovsk region Chief Physiotherapist Vladimir Ryzhkin said, according to The Siberian Times. "It is due to genetics. The people with a 'Urals' type of figure have the characteristics of the Finno-Ugric group."

The issue of body shapes in the Urals and Siberia has been noticed by a number of fashion designers based in the colder portions of the country.

"I work with clients from the Urals, so I can not make an objective comparison," Ural-area fashion designer Nikita Baranov said, The Siberian Times reports. "But I can still see some common features. What you call a low bottom, we call a 'bottom type' body."

Meanwhile, researchers at the Sverdlovsk region's Institute of the Problems of the Development of the North have considered more scientific explanations for the difference in body shapes of women throughout Russia.

"People in the Urals, especially the part that is closer to Tyumen (in Siberia) mostly have a mixed-meso-brachymorphic type (slightly shorter arms and legs in comparison to the length of the torso)," Anatoliy Bagashev, the institute's director, said, according to The Siberian Times. "This happened mainly because of the local, indigenous tribes like Khanty, Mansi, Turks and Komi-- they are all meso-brachymorphic type. After over 400 years of contacts of the local tribes with the Russians, who came to this territory, there were created people with this special type of shape."

Dmitry Razheav, a senior researcher at the institute, said the visual difference is obvious in both men and women, compared to Russians in the Moscow area.

"It is also observed not only among residents of the Urals, but also among the residents of Siberia," Razheav said, The Siberian Times reports. "In addition, this type of figure is typical for any race who has been living in this area for a long time. For thousands of years, adapting to the cold weather, the population of indigenous people of our country has acquired the proportions of the figure that fit the best to the existing conditions-- short legs compared to the body to allow to save and store heat more efficiently."