The tanking economy may have been bad news for most, but for plus-sized women the tough financial times may come with a perk. When men are stressed, they seem to be attracted to chubbier women, a new study shows.
To look at the impact of stress on men’s sexual preferences, researchers from the University of Westminster in London, led by Viren Swami, rounded up 81 young men whose ages ranged from 18 to 42, according to the report published today in PLOS ONE.
“Our results showed that men who were stressed rated female body sizes at higher BMI categories as more attractive than their control group counterparts,” the Swami and his co-author concluded. “That is, men in the [stressed] condition rated women of normal weight, overweight, and partially, at least, obese BMI categories as more attractive than the control group.”
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