While men may generally prefer tall, thin women, new research suggests they should expand their horizons. In fact, a new study has found that guys who marry chubby women are not only happier, they live longer as well. Read on below.
More often than not, curvy, plus-size women live with the stigma of being labeled unattractive or unhealthy in mainstream media. But not anymore. A new study suggests that marrying a woman who’s on the heavier side has some benefits: Namely, that you’ll be happier and live longer. Amazing.
According to the DailyTimes, the study showed that men who are in relationships with “chubby” women tend to smile more often in comparison to guys who are in relationships with thin women. What’s more, the study also found that men committed to chubby women seem to be better at dealing with issues than those who are committed to thin women. Interesting.
Moreover, the research suggests that thin women tend to be more reserved and more unfriendly than their heavier counterparts. In addition, they also seem to be less express with their emotions. Ever heard the stereotype skinny b*tch? Well, now you know where it comes from.
Published in the Argentinian newspaper Nuevo Diario, the research was conducted by Dr. Filemon Alvarado and Dr. Edgardo Morales at UNAM’s department of psychology, the DailyTimes reports. To date, the National Autonomous University of Mexico is the largest university in Latin America. In other words, these results are legit as sh*t.
The study also found that chubby women make their partners 10 times as happy as thin women, the Daily Times reports. And the happier one is, well…. the longer they live. It’s simple math, according to the study.
Men who wed chubby women… This isn’t the first time a study has looked into men’s preference of heavier women. In 2012, a study found that while gentlemen may prefer (thin) blondes, stressed guys prefer heftier ladies. Yes, you read that right. Stressed guys.
Published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of Westminster in London subjected 41 male volunteers to a stress-inducing task. After the task was completed, the scientists asked the guys to rate the attractiveness of female bodies ranging from emaciated to obese, according to ABC News.
Compared to a group of 40 male volunteers who didn’t undergo the stress task, the stressed guys rated a remarkably heavier female body size as the most attractive, ABC News reports. What’s more, they rated heavier female bodies as more attractive in general. A-ha.
“Our body size preferences are flexible and can be changed by environment and circumstance,” explained Martin Tovee, one of the study’s authors, according to ABC News. “We need to understand the factors having body preference.” And stress, as it turns out, may just be one of those factors.
In regards to the study, it seems that stress shifts the classic stereotype that guys prefer thin women. According to ABC News, scientists not directly involved with the research said the results were consistent with what prior findings have shown regarding the way stress impacts our perceptions. In other words, the more stressed out we are, the more our impression of things change.
“Stress, both acute and chronic, has around effect on how we process new information both cognitively and emotionally,” Dr. Igor Galynker, associate chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center, explained to ABC News. Earlier studies have found that guys also prefer heavier body sizes when “resources are unpredictable or unavailable,” ABC News reports.
The question is: Why? As ABC News notes, some evolutionary theories indicate that this may be because when times are tough, a thin woman is more susceptible to falling or or suffering from irregular periods. Meaning, that, she might be unable to support a pregnancy till full term. (It’s always about babies, ain’t it?)
“If you live in an environment where food is scarce, being heavier means that you have fat stored up as a buffer and that you must be higher social status to afford the food in the first place,” Tovee explained to ABC News. “Both of these are attractive qualities in a partner in those circumstances.” Makes sense, no?
In addition, the research suggests that stressed men gave higher ratings to a wide range of female bodies than their unstressed counterparts. “This may have implications about how we choose the people to date and marry,” ABC News explains. “For example, do men in high-stress jobs look for overweight mates, or are their standards lower?”
“In this case, mate selection criteria may become more liberal as a way of preserving the species,” Scott M. Bea, clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, said, according to ABC News. “We have some proverbs that reflect this idea such as, ‘Any port in a storm.’” Bea added: “This is probably not just true of physical attractiveness or mate selection. For instance, if one is homeless, we might accept lodging that others would view as inferior.”
via Rebel circus