It's nice to know that even those of us without the physique of Heidi Klum can still find ourselves someone special if we make sure our other attributes are on the up and up. It's no mystery that wealthy men, despite how conventionally imperfect their bodies may be, can score themselves a hot, and frankly, out of their physical league, girlfriend or wife. Women seem to be more forgiving when it comes to looks than men, even when you subtract money from the equation. I can easily name 20 women who find Zach Galifianakis sexy (and I’m not suggesting naming myself 20 times in a row); but as for that darling Melissa McCarthy (Meg in Bridesmaids), I've yet to hear any straight man declare her attractive, or god forbid, sexy.
But back to that exciting news that gives all non-Heidi Klums hope. It's been found that while overweight wealthy men are recognized as acceptable mates, so are overweight well-educated women. Seems that it's okay to be a bit fluffy as long as you have the brain to back it up, ladies. Columbia University economist Pierre-Andre Chiappori and his team of researchers have come up with a formula to calculate how both genders can "compensate" for their more-to-love bodies when trying to woo a significant other into their love lair. Half Of Men Would Dump A Woman If She Got Fat
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According to Chiappori's working paper, Fatter Attraction: Anthropometric and Socioeconomic Matching on the Marriage Market: "We find that among men, a 10% increase in BMI can be compensated by a higher wage of around 3%. Similarly, for women, an additional year of education may compensate up to three BMI units."
Chiappori went on to tell the NY Post: "Our findings tell us that physical appearance is not such a big deal, and it's easy to compensate for."
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Well, no matter how you slice and dice it, what a shallow breed we are. I'm just happy that I can stop feeling guilty that I skipped Pilates today and made love to a plate of waffles instead, as long as I get myself back into school and on the fast track to smart, rich, successful town. Based on what Chiappori is saying, the results of that route are definitely going to win Ryan Gosling over — I'm sure he can get past my belly if I can recite Nietzsche to him by heart. I love when life makes sense.
Are you more likely to date a fat guy if he's rich? Or do you prefer the "more to love" type anyway?