There’s ample evidence that women prefer a man with a little extra to hold onto. We’re not suggesting men pack on the pounds to enhance their love lives—women can’t protect you from diabetes, so you’d best put that cookie back in the jar. “Those who could store fat easily had an evolutionary advantage in the harsh environment of early hunters and gatherers,” Garabed Eknoyan of the Baylor College of Medicine wrote in a 2006.
But the following five scientific explanations for why women can’t get enough of those love handles should, at the very least boost the confidence of some of our bigger boned friends. “This ability to store surplus fat from the least possible amount of food intake may have made the difference between life and death.” Indeed, in early human history weight was a status symbol—it meant that you had the resources to survive, and share with a spouse.
Everyone Trusts The Fat Guy People consider heavier male politicians more trustworthy than thin ones, according to research out of the University of Missouri.
This, unfortunately, explains how Chris Christie is still in office.
But it also may explain why women are attracted to fat men in general—everyone wants to be with someone they trust. There’s a substantial amount of evidence that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh.
Of course, skinny politicians like Anthony Weiner sometimes sneak in under the radar. (In tribute to everything wrong with the world, it doesn’t work the other way around).
Knowing that he’s dealt with actual discrimination because of his size has forced me to ask myself tough questions when I do worry about my weight: namely, what am I really worried about? It’s a vicious cycle, so living with someone who simply doesn’t let himself care about what other people think is a constant revelation.
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Men with noticeable bellies and higher BMIs last 7.3 minutes longer in bed than slimmer men, a 2010 study from the International Journal of Impotence Research found.
And that’s 7.3 minutes you don’t have to spend in the gym.
To these people, being fat can’t coexist with being healthy, and if you truly want to “work on” the problem it can only mean dropping pounds, rather than rationally assessing how you move and eat.
I learned in the first months of our relationship that size and nutrition aren’t necessarily correlated, even though our culture wants us to think that if you eat “healthy” you will magically transform into our thin ideal.
He’s helped me nip my wallowing in the bud, offering positive suggestions like walking, yoga, and meditation.