Women Prefer Slim, Fit Men to Meatheads
Attention, guys: pumping up may not get you the girl.
ResearchersÂ from the University of Pretoria in South Africa took photos of 69 men ofÂ varying body types right after they had given them theÂ hepatitisÂ BÂ vaccine, which acts to trigger their immune system.Â They showed those photos to a group of women who were ovulatingâpresumably putting them at their most sexually selectiveâ and a had third group measure the men on theirÂ masculinityÂ and body types.
Researcher found men who were rated in decent shape but slim were more attractive to the ovulating women than men who were overweight or severely underweight andÂ the men who had a muscular,Â traditionally masculine shapes.
The researchers also found that a low (but not too-low) body weight correlatesÂ with a strong immune system, which would also make a man more attractive to a fertile woman. Muscles and more masculineÂ features, however, didn’tÂ correlateÂ with a strong immune system, which the researchers believe is why those body types weren’t found to be as appealing.