Husky men often transition into chubby husbands and fat fathers, mostly because women tend to be more forgiving about dating a fat guy in general. A growing amount of research suggests that women are attracted to fat men for a number of scientific reasons, but that doesn’t mean healthy men should pack on the pounds in the name of love. Being overweight still comes with a number of health risks, including erectile dysfunction and heart disease. Still, science suggests that if there’s one area in which fat guys don’t seem to struggle, it’s the love department. Here’s why hot fat guys are in.
Hot 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 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.
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.
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 are 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.
Fat Men Are Considered Trustworthy
The saying “never trust a skinny chef,” may have less to do with food than people think, according to research out of the University of Missouri. This study found that skinny politicians are less trustworthy too, compared to their fatter counterparts. These findings make a case for why the Democratic presidential candidates should eat more carbs, and for why women might be into big guys. Sure, trustworthiness is not exactly the same thing as attractiveness, but it definitely adds to the appeal of fat men.
Fat Guys Are Thought to Be Funnier
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.