Grrrr… Chubby guys come out on top when it comes to commitment
“Women rate muscular men as sexier,” but chubby guys come out on top when it comes to commitment, this according to a recent University of California study. As more American men pursue a relentless ideal of a “perfect” male body, the general perception remains, “muscles are sexy.”
The California study confirms the findings calling them “consistent” and have suggested that “women indicate their most recent short-term sex partners were more muscular than their other sex partners.”
Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the Chinese word for “muscle” sounds the same as “chicken meat.” And according to the Harvard University Gazette, “Chinese culture places less emphasis on muscles as a measure of masculinity.”
Recently, I polled some men–some I know, some I know now–on body image, and if they could, which body parts would they change and why. Their responses notwithstanding, a(nother) UCLA study determined that although women found “built and toned guys” more “sexually desirable,” the chubby guy came out on top when it came to commitment.
I asked guys what they would change about themselves
Bruce Tallerman – Women love strong, rounded shoulders. Mine are bony. The bones actually appear to stick out at the top making me look like a human clothes hanger, my body “hanging” on my very wiry shoulders. Luckily, I’m married.
Jim Dykes – A trainer told me to go on a severe diet restriction to get rid of my belly which sticks out (slightly) over my belt. I do stretches and work outs but that belly just stays there. I’m 44 and I can’t survive on lettuce and carrots and 3 ounces of tuna at this age!
Bill Barnett – It seems to me that my physical state follows my mental state. It all starts with the brain. So I’ll get more bang for my buck if I start at the root of the problem; my mind.
Tod Esquivel – The chest baby! Men love the sexy sculpted look that we create for ourselves and our woman who loves to grab/touch what I call the “Love Shield!”
Eddie Rhodman, Jr. for Dolvett Quince – Chicken legs and calves. Being a fitness expert who helps other sculpt their bodies Dolvett can’t do anything to get his legs and calves bigger so he always wear pants, sweats,etc to cover them.
Joe Rodriguez (via Facebook) – My ears. They look like Dumbo’s. I know it’s not that big of a deal (LOL). No, I’m not married. Is that why? (LOL).
Damian Davila Rojas (via Twitter) – my hands, just because they are so small, but I really haven’t heard anything I can do to change them. For a while I tried more forearm exercises and “grip” exercises but I ended up hurting my wrists more than anything.
Juan Lugo (via Twitter) – My calves. I do know however, like anything else they require intensity and volume. I just forget to do it.
Ron Harris (via Facebook) – I hate the gym, but I go. It doesn’t matter how I work out or what I do, maybe I eat too much. But I think having abs would be cool. I just don’t think it is possible unless you starve yourself or you’re black — I can say that, right?
Derrick Atkinson (via Facebook) – Man, my chest. It’s not like I have man boobs but I wouldn’t mind having a chest like Clooney had in that Batman costume. Chicks dig that.
Mark Bamps (via Facebook) – Bigger arms. You told me biceps are the easiest muscle to work, but dude, it ain’t happening for me. How much do you lift, anyway?