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The Happiest Place on Earth, In Defense of Big Booties, and Why Women May Hold the Key to Marriage


Time for another news roundup, and this week's is a good one. We've got the latest from the founder of OKCupid, a celebration of big (and little! and everything in between!) butts, and the happiest place on earth (and no, it's not Disney World). 

What have you been reading this week? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

1. HIV treatment works, says the CDC. We've known for years how to manage HIV and AIDS, but a recent report from the CDC suggests that many people who are HIV+ don't get treatment early, citing cost of the drugs, poor access to healthcare, a lack of knowledge about the treatment, and the stigma surrounding the virus as potential reasons why so many people either don't start or stick with treatment once diagnosed. To combat that, the CDC is launching a new campaign called "HIV Treatment Works," and hopes that it will encourage people to start treatment early, as people who start and continue treatment are 96 percent less likely to transmit HIV to other people. 

2. In defense of big butts. After Vogue woke up to the fact that "we're officially in the era of big booties," Refinery29 published a roundup in celebration of butts of all kind: "from the au courant round booty to the pancake-ier shape that has fallen by the cultural wayside." Click here to check out 30 gloriously untouched photos of butts from women of all shapes, ages, and sizes. 

3. The happiest place on earth isn't the U.S. It's Panama, according to a new survey. Gallup and Healthways Global interviewed more than 133,000 citizens from 135 different countries and found that Panama and Costa Rica scored highest in three of the five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. (Two remaining elements examined respondents' The U.S. came in at 25. 

4. "Happy wife, happy life" might actually be true. Who knew? A new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that among heterosexual married couples, the happier the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is too, but that the same doesn't hold true in reverse (in other words, the husband's happiness doesn't influence the wife's well-being). 

5. What age do men and women find most attractive? OKCupid's founder Christian Rudder crunched the numbers and found that women tend to be more attracted to men their own age until they reach the age of about 48, after which, they start skewing toward men 46 or younger. Men of all ages, on the other hand, were most attracted to women 22 or younger.  All that said, Rudder says the data illustrates people's opinions, but not what they do—so when men (and women) go out and actually message people, they're interacting with people closer to their own age. 


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