How Mr Average is now two stone heavier and three inches wider than his 1967 counterpart

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These images show the extraordinary way that men’s bodies have changed in the last 50 years.

In 1967, at the height of the Flower Power era, the average British man was 5ft 7.5in tall, weighed 11 stone 8 lbs and had a chest of 38 inches and a waist of 34 inches. He wore size 7 shoes, had a collar size of 14.5in and was expected to live just 68 years.

But Mr Average appears to have ballooned in the last 50 years – and developed a beer belly.

He hasn’t just gone up, he has gone out – getting fatter but also more buff in his chest and neck because he is far more likely to exercise regularly.6

The 2017 version of Mr Average is 5ft 10in and weighs 13 stone 3 lbs, with a chest of 43 inches and a waist of 37 inches.

He wears size nine shoes and has a collar size of 16 – the more muscular neck a reflection of all those visits to the gym. His life expectancy, meanwhile, has shot up by 13 years to 81 years. 

At 5ft 10in, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, 45, is not only one of the hottest heart-throbs in the world but he also partly typifies the body upper shape of the modern Mr Average – weighing just over 13st, with a 43in chest.

Craig just differs with his slim waist of 32in – five inches thinner than the typical man who has a much flabbier tummy.

His 1967 equivalent was Steve McQueen, who was making two of his biggest hits, Bullitt and The Thomas Crown Affair, in 1967, though they were released the following year. 

McQueen was 5ft 7.5in and weighed just over 11st in his heyday. He had a much less muscular physique than modern movie stars. 

The graphics showing the difference in today’s Mr Average with the 1967 version were put together by the health and wellbeing company Forza Supplements, which researched data on changing body shapes from government statistics. 

Lee Smith, Forza Supplements managing director, said ‘It is extraordinary how much Mr Average has changed in the last 50 years.

‘He has gone from being what we might consider a bit of wimp these days into a taller, more rugged muscleman but with a noticeable beer belly.

‘He is also a lot healthier than his 1967 counterpart – living 13 years longer. Whereas in 1967 53 per cent of men smoked, only 20 per cent do these days.

‘Mr Average is likely to exercise twice a week – consuming 2,500 calories a day compared to 2,000 calories back then.

‘He is far more conscious of his body image. Around 42 per cent of British men lift weights at least once a month these days compared to just 2 per cent of men in the Sixties.

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