The Phoenix

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Way To A Man's Heart Is Through His Stomach

I just love these interesting studies scientists conduct...

A British study has found that the level of hunger a man is feeling can influence his taste in women.

I find this both unsurprising and so damn funny at the same time.

Researchers interviewed 61 male college students as they either entered or exited the cafeteria. The guys were then asked to rate their level of hunger from one to seven, and of course, 30 of them were hungry (duh - they're on their way to eat) and the remaining 31 had just eaten and were full. Then they were asked to look at pictures of 50 ladies and score the attractiveness of the women of varying body types dressed in leotards.

The hungry men overwhelmingly rated the "larger" women as more attractive than the men who weren't hungry.

So what's the explanation?

"Your cognitive state, your drives and your interests are dependent on your underlying physiology, your blood sugar levels and your hormone levels and these depend upon hunger," co-researcher Dr Martin Tovée, from Newcastle University replied.

The study also looks at societial and cultural influences on what is deemed the ideal body. In parts of the world where food is tougher to find, such as the South Pacific, women with a larger body type is deemed the ideal. In the Western world where food is just around the corner and readily available, a thinner body is preferred.

This actually makes sense, since the drive is to create healthy offspring. Survival rules. And a place where food is scarce, it makes sense men would be attracted to a woman that is heavier.

But there are a few issues I have with this study, which is being published in the The British Journal of Psychology:

* They only interviewed 61 guys? Come on, get a larger sample. Geez.

* And the control group? Couldn't they find guys that were maybe just a tiny bit hungry instead of ravenous?

* What about the cannibalism factor? What if these guys were so damn hungry, they wanted to actually eat the plump women? I think Freud would have something to say about that.

I also think it would be fascinating to do a comparative study of early man versus modern man. Perhaps early man found "big-boneded" women more attractive because it signaled to them the chubby lady knew where some food was stashed. Men are known opportunists.

And when it comes to modern man, not much has changed. When a guy is hungry, being attracted to a larger lady makes perfect sense. Either she can cook, or she's got some Doritos at her place.

Are you gonna take me home tonight?
Ah, down beside that red firelight;

Are you gonna let it all hang out?

Fat bottomed girls
You make the rockin' world go round.

Freddy Mercury must've been not only temporarily heterosexual at the time he wrote that song, but also incredibly hungry.


Blogger Perplexio said...

This doesn't surprise me. And maybe it's just me but it seems that the guys who prefer skinnier women are the ones who tend to prefer eating out to dining in.

There's the old adage, "Never trust a skinny cook." And I think most guys prefer a girl who has SOME meat on her bones... I mean we don't want a Calista Flochkart or Lara Flynn Boyle (they both need a couple t-bone steaks with all the trimmings) but at the same time we don't want a Two-Ton Tessie. A little bit of fat, not another whole person's worth of it.

7/31/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Of course, they eliminated the answer of survey respondent #62 -- Arthur McFetishPants -- who said he only finds women attractive if they are smeared with cafeteria food.

-- david

7/31/2006 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

I've always been more drawn to women with a little meat on their bones. The Twiggy/Kate Moss look has never appealed to me.

7/31/2006 11:18 AM  
Blogger FantasticAlice said...

That is VERY interesting. After reading your synopsis I tended to wonder about the cannabilism factor myself.

Either way the Queen lyrics were great!

7/31/2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

This is one of those studies where I think "why bother". Spend time and money on something we really need to know. Though this is pretty funny.

7/31/2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

So I suppose one should hit an all you can eat buffet before hitting the club. Hunger plus beer googles equals big trouble.

7/31/2006 12:47 PM  
Blogger Jenna Howard said...

hungry men like curves.

*makes note*

Okay...I'm off to hang out at the Chinese buffet at the top of the hill. I figure I'll get hit on by those coming in and those going on because, y'know, 30 minutes later you're hungry again.


7/31/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

very interesting...and all this time I thought the way to a man's heart was through his breastplate.

7/31/2006 1:13 PM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Just curious, Phoenix, which are YOU attracted to? And are you hungry???

7/31/2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

You just made me think about the nursery rhyme "Jack Sprat".

7/31/2006 2:34 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

perplexio, "Never trust a skinny cook." That's a classic. Another one of mine is, "Never trust a coughing server."

david, Arthur was busy stalking the cafeteria lady.

bruce, To each his own. Kate Moss is actually very scary to me.

alice, I love Queen. Such a great song.

mimi, There are some implications to this study, actually. One of them deals with eating disorders and the psychological/social factors involved. I guess the other is to find out if guys like ladies with some cushion for the pushin'

fuzz, Unless you wanna make a HUGE mistake, eat first (pun semi-intended).

7/31/2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

Actually, that bit about "heavier women rate higher in hungrier places" is true. The ethic remains among the Maori of New Zealand, where food was not entirely plentiful before the arrival of the Europeans. I was there ...

Now explain the preference for large women in German sex videos. No I don't. Keep your salacious thoughts to yourself.


7/31/2006 4:06 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

jenna, it's a win-win-win solution!

onmywatch, that breastplate is a fragile thing indeed. I SWEAR I will add you to my blogroll very soon.

dabich, I'm attracted a real woman. No silicone, ribs protruding through their skin, and 2 inches of make-up. I'm on a diet, actually.

angel, isn't that the one about Jack Sprat and his wife licking the platter clean? Nursery rhymes are disturbing.

7/31/2006 4:08 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

O'Ceal, I think Hasselhoff is responsible for the plethora of heavy women in German music videos.

I dare not investigate the matter any further.

7/31/2006 4:31 PM  
Blogger phred said...

In Roman days, being large was a sign of prosperity.
Yes, and what happened to Rome ??

There are no skinny females where I live...what does That mean ??

7/31/2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

I've always disliked the fat-bottom girls song (a little insecure, aren't I?), although here it makes perfect sense. Now pass the mashed potatoes...

7/31/2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Yeah i'm with you; Why on earth would they find larger women more attractive while hungry? Also, will this unfortunate study suddenly cause large boned women to hang around the outsides of restaurants in order to find a hubby? Doesn't she know he'll dump her as soon as he's eaten?!

7/31/2006 6:45 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Well, that certainly clarifies things. Maybe they're so hungry they are attracted to women who look like they know where the food is.

7/31/2006 6:47 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

I like hungry men ;-)


7/31/2006 8:04 PM  
Blogger siren said...

I thought I've asked that the picture of me as the Flying F not be used.

7/31/2006 10:07 PM  
Blogger Jenna Howard said...

I just realized there's a big ass F on that woman's spandex. Is this Fuzz's superhero outfit?

Spankalicious if so.

7/31/2006 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Haas said...

Maybe this can work the other way round... when that picture of the woman in the spandex starts looking good it probably means ur starving ur self :P

8/01/2006 12:50 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Yeah right! If that were true i'd be swarming in men!

8/01/2006 2:44 AM  
Blogger Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

I don't know where you got that pic of the chick with the cape and the F on her outfit, but that is supreme-o.

8/01/2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger Curare_Z said...

I'm with Keshi -- hungry men rock! :-) ha ha ha

So, what about hungry women? Who are we attracted to? The skinny guys that look like they can hunt and bring back the food for you to eat all by yourself? Or the heavier guys that look like they can take down a two ton bison and share it with you?

8/01/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

What does appetite have to do with physical attraction anyway? Ohhhhh thaaaaaat appetite. Gotcha. ;)

8/01/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Years ago when I used to run a karaoke show, one of my regular singers would always sing "Fat Bottom Girls". For whatever reason, this particular bar was FULL of large women and they loved it when he sang that song. They weren't offended at all.

8/01/2006 10:14 AM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Yikes! The picture at the end scares the heck out of me! LOL

Something that I've always wondered about is the connection between food and security. Think about it, what is normally the first thing most people ask you when you arrive to their home for one reason or another? "Can I get you something to eat/drink?" Also, how many times do people turn to food to drown out things like depression or anxiety?

8/01/2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger Fated said...

Well I suppose that the men who find the teeny tiny Kate Moss type women attractive need to understand that soon enough they will be hungry again.

Now don't get me wrong, Kate Moss can be fabulous (to others, not me) but I wouldn't want her making me dinner. Celery, a glass of water and a tic tac just don't cut it in my books.

Hurrah for curves!

8/01/2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger vani said...


oh man, thanks for the laugh! i really needed that. :)

8/01/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I think hungry women are attracted to gay men that are gourmet chefs.

8/01/2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger Jon Cox said...

Thank you so much for your comment, I'm glad you like Snake! :o) Hahahahaha! What a weird study!! Very interesting!

8/01/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger Phats said...

I found this post hysterical!!

is your son going to be a tennis prodigy? perhaps battle Jaden Agassi on the tour someday? haha

8/01/2006 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

A heavier woman who is pregnant is less likely to go into early labour during a period of famine. The fetus can survive on the mothers fat stores, if the woman is too skinny, her body will abort the baby as a means to preserve the self. I wasnt kidding when I called Rugrat #2 a parasite, its also a damn good thing I had some extra poundage on me when I got so sick.

As well, skinny women, if their percentage of fat falls below 17% their periods will cease (many athletes have this issue), which as we all know isnt a good thing of a guy is wanting to sow his oates. Unfortunately during a time of famine, who is gonna survive? The skinny chick or the fat one? No brainer.

The study does seem to be a bit biased, however it will just spurn more studies. Like, it would be interesting to see if hungry, rich men feel the same way.

I think my husband must be hungry 24/7 cause he loves the more fluffy ladies. As for the "skinny cooks", he loves Nigella Lawson, she's got some meat on her bones. He dosent trust Rachel Ray.

8/02/2006 12:26 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

Just think if McDonald's got a hold of this study... the night shifts would all be turned into singles mixers!

I would also be interested to see this study conducted on woman. Me, I've always liked a bit of meat on my men. Especially if that man cooks. Ooh baby!

8/02/2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Omigod, this has to be one of your funniest posts, ever! LMAO!!! Esp your comment about Freddy Mercury... hahahahahaaa...

whew.. anyway..

I guess I need to find a hungry guy down in the South Pacific.. ;-)

Seriously, though - MT looooves my curves and junk in the trunk, so he feeds me well and often... I guess you could say that the way to MY heart is thru my tummy!

8/02/2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

personally I think men are looking at more fuller figured women now than they use to...those stick women dont look real happy to me, obviously they dont care about food either. How much fun can that be?

8/02/2006 3:25 PM  
Blogger jay lassiter said...

canibalism, huh?
that's a bizarre theory, but you're right when you say that 60 guys is too little a sampling to make anything of this limited data.

you made me laugh at least.

p.s. you should consdier switching to haloscan or something. do you know that word verification is a pain in the ass sometimes.
i'm just saying.....

8/02/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I wish fat bottomed girls was the "ideal" for women today. I'd be so darned ideal.
Fat and leotards don't mix well. That last photo is hitonious to the max! If someone is 10 pounds or more overweight, wearing spandex should be a crime.
My parents and brother are here, and we have been so busy. It has been a lot of fun so far. We are leaving on our trip to visit my Great Aunt Mabel and, we are also going to visit Graceland to meet Elvis.
I'll stop by again next week when I can.
Congrats on your one year Blogiversary!!!

8/02/2006 6:28 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Thanks JD. Remember - Elivs loves friend bananas and peanut butter. It'll be like a moth to a flame.

8/02/2006 8:29 PM  
Blogger ObilonKenobi said...

OK. That last picture. Just plain scary.

8/08/2006 1:40 PM  

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