ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a recent study, both men and women are more likely to be attracted to larger people when they go out on an empty stomach.
Researchers found that men will choose more voluptuous women if they miss a meal; while women will choose larger, heavier men.
Psychologist Dr. Viren Swami of Westminster University in London showed over 250 men cartoons of women. The men were then asked to rate the pictures by attractiveness. Swami concluded that men who were hungry selected larger women with bigger breast more attractive.
Older studies have been shown to draw the same conclusion.
“Hunger can change your perception of who is attractive,” Swami said at the Cheltenham Science Festival. “If a man is hungry they prefer slightly larger breast size in women.”
Swami also found that men who are hungry prefer larger women in general.
“For women they generally prefer a slightly heavier man,” he added. “In studies, they hadn’t eaten for about six hours and you could see a real difference in their preference.”
Dr. Swami suggests that when people are hungry they look for partners who they believe can supply them with sustenance. A larger person usually suggests that they have been successful in finding food.
Swami also found that people are more likely to find the people they see regularly, such as neighbors and co-workers, more attractive.
“We are much more likely to form relationships with people nearby; people who we work with, who we go to school with, who we see on a regular basis,” he added. “But we also find people more attractive who we see more often.”
“Your perception of geography also determines who you find attractive,” Swami said. “People generally think those who live in the same borough as them are more attractive.”
Swami said the secret to having people find you attractive is to just be nice. “We tend to find people who are conscientious, who are more agreeable more attractive. The nice guy doesn’t always finish last.
Dr. Swami found that men who are called sexist usually tend to find thinner women more attractive.
He said people can often mistake their fear for attraction. Data that suggest this is when a couple goes to see a horror movie on a first date, or when someone is attractive to their ski instructor due to their anxiety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese.