Since ancient Greece, the image of men in society has always been built with a common denominator: angular, muscular, strong and extremely strong. Even in modern society, the 6-pack, muscular dudes always make many women admire their dreams.
However, it seems that viewpoint is no longer true. According to a recent study, muscular men are no longer attractive to women, but instead are the slightly fat guy with a somewhat fat belly.
Leonardo DiCaprio with "greasy" body and full of charm
This is a study conducted by Planet Fitness – one of the largest fitness companies in the world. Experts here did a survey of more than 2000 people, to see what type of body they liked best.
And the results were astonishing when 70% of the participants said they liked guys who weighed a few pounds. But according to a study published in 2015 in the Washington Post, 37% of men aged 20-54 in the United States have this type of body. In other words, the "sexy beer belly" guys are taking up a very large proportion in today's society.
Back in the study, 78% of the participants said that those who were slightly overweight had a confident appearance, and a 4: 5 ratio of straightforward mothers admitted that they would feel very proud to be able to marry such a man.
The attraction of a big belly man is not actually related to aesthetics. According to anthropology professor Richard Bribiescas from Yale University in 2016, the answer is more related to biology and evolution.
Bribiescas suggested that a little overweight men turned out to be in better health than muscular guys. This is because weight gain may be due to lower testosterone levels, which inadvertently improve the immune system. And from there, children are also born with good health and a longer life expectancy.
"When the body is no longer slim, men will have to buy loose, more comfortable pants, and that is good for health. It is also essential for survival, and mothers seem to feel need that, " – Bribiescas explains.
According to Bribiescas, this is also the reason why young women like the "delicious" stage, but when they want to get married, they will not pay much attention to the opponent's aesthetics.
Note: it's big, don't be too big …
But please note: slightly overweight, slightly bloated belly, not obese with the stomach as pregnant women are about to give birth. Science has proven that having too much fat can cause many unhealthy consequences – including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.