|Stressed out men prefer heavier women|
Men are attracted to heavy women, researchers proved.
We were all told that men like blondes, but men that are stressed prefer heavier women, at least according to a new study.
In this study, published Wednesday in the journal ‘PLoS ONE’, researchers from the University of Westminster in London studied men that were subjected to a stress-inducing task. After this task, the researchers asked the men to rate the attractiveness of female bodies ranging from wasted to obese.
Compared to a control group of men who did not undergo the stressed task, the stressed group of men rated the heavier women as more attractive, and rated heavier female bodies more attractive in general.
"Our body size preferences are flexible and can be modified by the environment and circumstances," says Dr Tovée Martin, one of the authors of the study. "We have to understand the determinants of preferences of the body."
In this case, it seems that stress alters the classic stereotype that men prefer thin women in general.
Researchers that were not directly involved with the study said the finding is consistent with previous work done showing how stress affects our perceptions.
In fact, previous research has shown that men prefer heavier body sizes when resources are unpredictable or unavailable. Some evolutionary theories suggest that this may be because when times are hard, a thin woman can be sick, have irregular periods, and may be unable to maintain pregnancy.