Stressed-out men find heavier women attractive
August 9th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Stressed-out men find heavier women attractive

Feel free to indulge in that brownie, ladies - especially if the man you've got your eye on is worried about a work project. A study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE shows men who are psychologically stressed find heavier women attractive.

The study

Eighty-one heterosexual, white men, aged 18 to 42, were put into two groups. The first group took the Trier Social Stress Test, which increased stress levels by asking participants to take on the role of a job applicant in front of a hiring committee. The second group was sent to a room to wait quietly.

Both groups were then shown images of women with various body mass indexes. Study participants evaluated the women's attractiveness on a scale of 1 (very unattractive) to 9 (very attractive). They were then asked to select the woman they found most attractive, the largest woman they found attractive and the smallest woman they found attractive.

The results

While both groups rated underweight women the same, the men with more stress gave significantly higher ratings to women in the normal and high BMI categories than their calmer counterparts. The stressed group's picks for the largest woman they found attractive was also much heavier, on average, than the control group's picks.

The take-away

Not much, if we're being honest. Scientists have long known that a society's ideal body size is shaped by their access to resources. Larger women are preferred when there is a threat, like limited food, because their bodies signify the ability to survive in hostile environments. In today's world, that threat can be as simple as the possibility of unemployment.

Even hunger has an impact on the male mind - previous studies have shown that hungry men find heavier women attractive, according to the study. (Yet another reason to keep the chocolate in your hands!)

iReporters: What beauty means to me

soundoff (834 Responses)
  1. RV Mobile Repair Near Me


    June 26, 2021 at 05:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Repair Store Near Me

    Iím impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog thatís equally educative and interesting, and let me tell you, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy that I came across this during my hunt for something regarding this.


    June 26, 2021 at 07:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    bookmarked!!, I like your blog!


    June 26, 2021 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nearest RV Repair


    June 26, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Masters In Organizational Leadership

    This is the right web site for anyone who wishes to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want toÖHaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that's been discussed for a long time. Great stuff, just excellent!


    June 26, 2021 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Leadership Development Training

    Excellent post. I absolutely appreciate this site. Keep it up!


    June 26, 2021 at 23:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Why Is Leadership Important

    Very good write-up. I certainly love this website. Thanks!


    June 27, 2021 at 03:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Global Leadership Adventures

    I'm very pleased to discover this website. I want to to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and i also have you saved to fav to check out new things on your blog.


    June 27, 2021 at 07:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. conan o'brien podcast


    June 27, 2021 at 07:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Authentic Leadership

    You are so cool! I do not believe I've truly read through a single thing like that before. So nice to discover someone with unique thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!


    June 27, 2021 at 09:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ron burgundy podcast

    After I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove me from that service? Thank you!


    June 27, 2021 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Qualities Of Leadership


    June 27, 2021 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. apple podcast logo


    June 27, 2021 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now


    June 27, 2021 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RV Repair Orange County California

    Hello there! This post could not be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I am going to send this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!


    June 27, 2021 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Roadtrek Repair Shop

    Hey there! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have right here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.


    June 27, 2021 at 21:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. RV Repair California

    Hi there! I could have sworn Iíve visited this web site before but after looking at a few of the posts I realized itís new to me. Regardless, Iím definitely happy I came across it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!


    June 27, 2021 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Repair California

    Howdy! I could have sworn Iíve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the articles I realized itís new to me. Regardless, Iím certainly pleased I discovered it and Iíll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!


    June 28, 2021 at 01:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Sprinter Resistor Repair


    June 28, 2021 at 03:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Dodge Sprinter Auto Repair


    June 28, 2021 at 05:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    Howdy! This post could not be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!


    June 28, 2021 at 05:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Mercedes Sprinter Cowl Panel Rust Repair


    June 28, 2021 at 06:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair Orange County California


    June 28, 2021 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now


    June 28, 2021 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Authorized Sprinter Repair Shop

    Right here is the perfect website for everyone who wants to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want toÖHaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject that's been written about for a long time. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!


    June 28, 2021 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now


    June 28, 2021 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Mercedes Sprinter Repair Panels

    Itís hard to come by knowledgeable people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks


    June 28, 2021 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Sprinter Repair Orange County

    Everyone loves it when individuals get together and share views. Great blog, continue the good work!


    June 29, 2021 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Repairs Nearby


    June 29, 2021 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. RV Repair Near My Location


    June 29, 2021 at 06:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sprinter Repair Costa Mesa


    June 29, 2021 at 06:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Emergency Vehicle Repair Shop


    June 29, 2021 at 09:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. RV Repair Nearby


    June 29, 2021 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. RV Repair Shop

    Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.


    June 29, 2021 at 21:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Auto Sprinter Repair


    June 29, 2021 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Best Diesel Sprinter Repair Service

    Good article! We will be linking to this particularly great article on our site. Keep up the good writing.


    June 29, 2021 at 22:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sprinter Door Rust Repair

    An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who was conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me lunch due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this matter here on your internet site.


    June 30, 2021 at 02:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Camper Repair Places Near Me

    Hi there! This article could not be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I'll forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


    June 30, 2021 at 04:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Nearest RV Repair

    Wonderful post! We will be linking to this particularly great article on our site. Keep up the good writing.


    June 30, 2021 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Frame Repair Shop

    Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


    June 30, 2021 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV Repairs Nearby


    June 30, 2021 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Odell Milkowski

    I just posted my first blog on blogspot. How will people find it? Do i have to give them the link, or can just anyone find it?.


    October 6, 2021 at 23:56 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Leave a Reply to gnc energy pills


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.