Overweight dads have plenty to worry about when it comes to their health, but if there’s one area fat men don’t have to struggle in, it’s with the ladies. That’s right: hot fat guys exist, according the the forgiving eyes of gracious women and the following scientific studies. Of course, that’s not a reason to welcome heart disease, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction with open, husky arms. However, these research-backed reasons women love fat guys can at least give them a confidence boost.
You’re a Product of Evolution. Sort Of.
“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. “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. 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 linger, even when it doesn’t come with a mansion.
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 might explain why all 350 pounds of William Howard Taft was trusted to live up to Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy and why mommy kissed Santa Claus after he broke into the house. But it also may explain why women are attracted to fat men in general—everyone wants to be with a jolly guy they trust.
Your Love Handles Can Handle Longer Lovemaking
Husky men are better in bed (and not just because they occasionally bring snacks) 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. And that’s 7.3 minutes you don’t have to spend in the gym.
All Fat Guys Are Funny…Right?
There’s a substantial amount of evidence that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh. (In tribute to 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 they are until proven otherwise. This leaves overweight men with the option of either working out at the gym or working on their material.
Everyone Looks Thin Next to a Fat Guy
Let’s face it—for every one study that says men aren’t judged for their bodies, there’s another 10 saying that women are positively flayed for theirs. So partnering with a 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 your cozy dad bod.