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Stressed Men Prefer Heavier Women: Study
ABCNews ^ | 08/09/2012 | DR. TIFFANY CHAO, ABC News Medical Unit

Posted on 08/09/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but stressed men prefer heavier women -- at least according to a new study.

In this study, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of Westminster in London subjected 41 men to a stress-inducing task. After this task, the researchers asked the men to rate the attractiveness of female bodies ranging from emaciated to obese.

Compared to a control group of 40 men who did not undergo the stress task, the stressed men rated a significantly heavier female body size as the most attractive, and they rated heavier female bodies as more attractive in general.

"Our body size preferences are flexible and can be changed by environment and circumstance," explains Martin Tovee, one of the study's authors. "We need to understand the factors shaping body preferences."

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: anotherstudy; beauty; feminism; males; obesity; psychology; stress; taxdollarsatwork
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This study was brought to us with the approval of fat women everywhere.
1 posted on 08/09/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

 
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2 posted on 08/09/2012 12:51:35 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Mrs p6 will be delighted with this report.

Man, I must be stressed to the breaking point...


3 posted on 08/09/2012 12:53:01 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It depends on the weather.


4 posted on 08/09/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Obama is certainly under a lot of stress...


5 posted on 08/09/2012 12:57:08 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Responsibility2nd

Queen gets it right here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnjF1O4eH0


6 posted on 08/09/2012 12:57:08 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Geez, I kind of prefer women with a little bit of meat on them. Not like the Goodyear blimp but a little upholstery doesn’t hurt. At least they have round things vs. stick figures who look undernourished.


7 posted on 08/09/2012 1:00:44 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Watch it! I resemeble that remark. I don’t understand why the issue is important. It is what it is.


8 posted on 08/09/2012 1:02:06 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Responsibility2nd; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

She ain’t heavy, she’s my brother!


9 posted on 08/09/2012 1:02:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Lesson to women everywhere: keep the pressure up.


10 posted on 08/09/2012 1:02:55 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
They call me the meat man,
You oughta see-me-eat, man!
(Jerry Lee Lewis)

11 posted on 08/09/2012 1:04:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: CaptainK
Lesson to women everywhere: keep the pressure up.

LOL! And a lot of us have a very strong skill set in that arena.

12 posted on 08/09/2012 1:07:16 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ll play the role of armchair psychologist here and suggest that maybe being attracted to bigger women when stressed is something to do with reminding them of hugging their mothers when they were upset as small children...

... Which brings me neatly to the theories of Sigmund Freud...


13 posted on 08/09/2012 1:09:47 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Responsibility2nd

Fat girls are like mopeds.

Both are fun as heck to ride but nobody wants to be seen on one.


14 posted on 08/09/2012 1:16:33 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Laz... he’s clearly stressed.


15 posted on 08/09/2012 1:17:27 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe heavier women are less likely to run off.

You know, being heavier and all...


16 posted on 08/09/2012 1:18:31 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7myjFBwDlIk


17 posted on 08/09/2012 1:20:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

My guess is that fatter women are lower maintenance, so less stressful when you have enough stress already.

Other possibility is any such proclivity is a leftover from our stone age ancestors, when fat was associated with times of plenty and skinny with times of shortage, which would be times of stress to escape. Hence an attraction for anything associated with ample food supplies.


18 posted on 08/09/2012 1:21:27 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Responsibility2nd

This makes sense. Men love to be comforted. The more stress they are under, the more comforting they need. Skin and bones is not comforting. The Japanese understand this so well they sell girlfriend shaped pillows. Men under great stress need real women with plenty of padding in their pillows.


19 posted on 08/09/2012 1:22:05 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: Responsibility2nd

Related:
Top 10 Countries Celebrating Female Obesity
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-countries-celebrating-female-obesity.php


20 posted on 08/09/2012 1:23:19 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Responsibility2nd; SpinnerWebb
Linky Thing: Pretty Women Lead To Stress - The Solution

21 posted on 08/09/2012 1:31:20 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Age of Reason

22 posted on 08/09/2012 1:32:19 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Responsibility2nd

Spinal Tap said it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih5JCrFU4Ys


23 posted on 08/09/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well maybe they got it bassakwards

“Heaveir women prefer Stressed Men”


24 posted on 08/09/2012 1:45:08 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s not how much she weighs. It’s all in the proportion.


25 posted on 08/09/2012 1:47:19 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

More likely that heavier women are more likely to survive when food is scarce (the original stress). It’s hard to get away from biology.


26 posted on 08/09/2012 1:47:36 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Responsibility2nd

To sum up the study results: When we’re stressed, we opt for comfort.


27 posted on 08/09/2012 1:49:39 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Las Vegas Ron

She ain’t exactly pretty. Ain’t exactly small. Forty-two, thirty-nine, fifty-six. You could say she’s got it all!


28 posted on 08/09/2012 1:49:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: gov_bean_ counter

AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kmLmjz_cFs


29 posted on 08/09/2012 1:51:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Stressed spelled Backwards is Desserts...

Just sayin


30 posted on 08/09/2012 1:53:28 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (How do you say Arkanicide in Kenyan?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I say, it’s the Donner Party syndrome.


31 posted on 08/09/2012 1:53:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Jonty30

“36-24-36. Only if she’s 5’3” Sir Mix A Lot


32 posted on 08/09/2012 1:53:45 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Was this study funded by taxpayers?

And what is the value of this study? How does it serve any good at all?


33 posted on 08/09/2012 2:14:56 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

Your questions seem to indicate your are stressing out.

Go find yourself a big ol’ gal and relax.


34 posted on 08/09/2012 2:22:14 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Rightly Biased

“Stressed spelled Backwards is Desserts”

!sknahT

;^)


35 posted on 08/09/2012 2:24:13 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: Larry Lucido

“Maybe heavier women are less likely to run off.

You know, being heavier and all...”

It’s certainly easier to chase one down!


36 posted on 08/09/2012 2:53:30 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

LMAO!


37 posted on 08/09/2012 3:21:24 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Our body size preferences are flexible and can be changed by environment and circumstance...

Any military guy who has ever been deployed could tell you that without a study.

Oops...did I use my outside voice?

38 posted on 08/09/2012 3:32:55 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: prisoner6

I’m “over”weight; have been for most of the past 27 yrs. Have spent many years since I was 40 yrs. old vainly dieting to “try” to be thin. Am now 66 yrs. old and SICK and TIRED of it. - I’m old. I’m going to enjoy the food I have to for the most part COOK. - I was fairly thin up to and past 40. Husband then began to be unwell, had a surgery every year just about for the next 20 yrs. - I’ve had to eat to keep up my energy to be able to take care of him, plus all the other duties - housekeeper, maid, secretary, chauffeur service, nursemaid, etc. - Thank the Lord, he always bounces back; but I’ve told him when nagged about my weight that he knows where the old girlfriends are at, and if he can catch them between husbands, he’s welcome to ‘em and vice versa if he can git ‘em.


39 posted on 08/09/2012 3:55:47 PM PDT by Twinkie (Live and let live.)
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To: Twinkie

Mrs p6 and I have been married for 35 years. Could care less about our weight. I want to die with a happy tummy!


40 posted on 08/09/2012 4:07:09 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Age of Reason
My guess is that fatter women are lower maintenance

"I've got fudge, Hershey's Chocolate Kisses, we're talking Haagen-Dazs baby...what do you say?" - Andrew Dice Clay

41 posted on 08/09/2012 4:10:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N66BdKF442g


42 posted on 08/09/2012 4:12:24 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Men like heavier women, as we’ve all known like forever, and women like skinny women.

It’s just nice to have a woman that looks like a woman, rather than like a sickly little boy.


43 posted on 08/09/2012 4:15:17 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: prisoner6

LOL!


44 posted on 08/09/2012 4:16:24 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

If you check out the women in the old masters paintings, they are all meatie.... What is wanted in a female changes over the years...Twiggy was the skelton that started with skinny women....Even in high school, chubby was totally acceptale....:O( I was skinny.....


45 posted on 08/09/2012 4:17:08 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s incest!


46 posted on 08/09/2012 4:17:42 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Speak for yourself!


47 posted on 08/09/2012 4:19:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Melas
More likely that heavier women are more likely to survive when food is scarce (the original stress). It’s hard to get away from biology.

That gets to the heart of all this prepper stuff we see on FR, and other places.

It seems that the best prepping would involve gaining as much weight as practical....fat is easy to store energy that no one can steal from you.

48 posted on 08/09/2012 4:20:14 PM PDT by fanfan (.http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/index.php?p=1_50_Your-Rights)
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To: tx_eggman

Pretty women don’t lead to stress; they’re all chubby and comfey, which reduces stress.


49 posted on 08/09/2012 4:21:27 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: lurk

>> “And what is the value of this study? How does it serve any good at all?” <<

.
No, except for making all those skinny, ugly dames feel better when they read it.


50 posted on 08/09/2012 4:24:42 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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