Men drawn to heavier women when stressed
New research published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that men are more attracted to bigger women when they find themselves in stressful circumstances. The study shows that males placed in pressurised situations are drawn to a wider range of larger females.
Dr Martin Tovee from Newcastle University co-authored the study, which follows on from his previous work published in the British Journal of Psychology that looked at the effect of hunger and the influence of media on body mass index (BMI).
Speaking to BBC News, Dr Tovee - who worked alongside Dr Viren Swami of the University of Westminster in London for the study - stated: "There's a lot of literature suggesting that our BMI preferences are hard-wired, but that's probably not true."
According to the researchers, the findings show that stress can impact a man's judgement when choosing potential partners, while also indicating preferences alter depending on circumstance and environment.