Good news for chubby, husky, and straight-up fat guys. A growing body of research suggests that women are attracted to men who err on the side of overweight. In fact, women love fat guys due to a number of reasons grounded in science, ranging from the assumed trustworthiness of fat guys to increased sexual stamina that extra pounds bring. And while being overweight comes with a number of health risks, including heart disease and erectile dysfunction, chubby guys don’t need to get lean to find love. Science suggests that if there’s one area in which husky men don’t seem to struggle, it’s relationships. Women are into dating fat guys. But why? What about the additional pounds catches their fancy? Here are five reasons backed by science.
Chubby Men Are Thought to Be Funnier
There’s a substantial amount of evidence that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh. (Inline with everything wrong with the world, it doesn’t work the other way around.) While all fat men aren’t necessarily funny, pop culture has socialized most people to believe that fat equals funny, unless proven otherwise. So whether or not those extra pounds translate to a sense of humor, women are likely to assume that fat guys are funny.
Love Handles Can Handle Longer Lovemaking
Fat guys are better in bed, according to a survey of 2,544 British women. Thirty-eight percent reported that overweight or plus-size men were superior lovers. It’s not totally clear why extra cushion improves the pushing, but research suggests stamina might have something to do with it. 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. Hey, that’s 7.3 fewer minutes needed in the gym.
Fat Guys Are Considered Trustworthy
The saying “never trust a skinny chef,” may have less to do with food than people think, according to research from the University of Missouri. This study found that skinny politicians are less trustworthy too, compared to their chubby counterparts. These findings make a solid case for Democratic presidential candidates eating more carbs, and why women might be into husky men. Sure, trustworthiness is not exactly the same thing as attractiveness, but it definitely adds to the appeal of chubby men.
Everyone Looks Thin Next to a Fat Guy
Let’s face it — for every one study that says men (chubby ones in particular) aren’t judged for their bodies, there are another 10 that say women are positively flayed for theirs. So partnering with a huskier man who’s not obsessed with his body might make a woman feel a little more secure about her own. This, of course, on top of the literal comfort of cuddling with a chubby man’s cozier bod. There’s just more to love on a fat guy.
Attractive Fat Guys Are a Product of Evolution
“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 paper. “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, being overweight was a status symbol: It meant that you had the resources to survive, and share with a spouse. Being a fat guy indicated you were well off. Although modern women are more likely to be attracted to money than food, old habits die hard. It’s possible, Eknoyan writes, that traces of this instinctual attraction for fat guys linger, even when it doesn’t come with a mansion.
Top 5 Male Body Shapes Women Rate in the Bedroom
- Overweight / plus-size men: 38%
- Athletic / muscley men: 21%
- Tall men (taller than 6 foot): 13%
- Short men (shorter than 5 foot 8): 10%
- Slim / petite men: 9%
Top 5 Reasons Why Women Rate ‘Overweight / Plus-Size Men’ Between the Sheets
- They seemed more eager to please me than themselves: 42%
- They were more caring and gentle: 42%
- They made me feel less self-conscious about my body: 27%
- I had better orgasms: 19%
- They were more adventurous and willing to try new things: 14%
Why Women Love Fat Guys: The Bottom Line
If a partner makes you look good, is trustworthy, great in bed, and funny, what’s not to love? Chubby men have plenty of science-backed reasons to be optimistic about their dating prospects right now. Now, go on, get out there.