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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:06 PM

A Man With 12 Percent Body Fat Is The Best Mate, Evolutionarily

When a guy catches your eye, what draws your attention?

Some people may say nice eyes get them going, while others say a manly, chiseled jaw or big strong arms. Evolutionarily, though, a man's body fat, not masculine features, is a better indicator of how attractive of a mate he would be, a new study suggests.

With any luck, these traits of an "optimal" mate would be genetically encoded and would be passed on to the man's offspring so a female wants to choose a man with good genes and a healthy immune system. We just need to know how to figure out if a potential mate has these traits.

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The results showed that a man's masculinity rating didn't mean he was more attractive, and also didn't mean that his immune system worked better. How masculine a man was also wasn't an indicator of how much testosterone he had either.

On the other hand, body fat was linked to attractiveness, high testosterone levels, and a stronger immune system. Too much fat was bad too, though: Body fat attractiveness had a bell-shaped curve. The most attractive men had 12 percent body fat.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/body-fat-linked-to-male-attractiveness-and-immune-system-2012-11

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FarCenter Nov 2012 OP
ZombieHorde Nov 2012 #1
Marie Marie Nov 2012 #2
YayArea Nov 2012 #3
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #4
sakabatou Nov 2012 #5
loli phabay Nov 2012 #6
Berlum Nov 2012 #7
FSogol Nov 2012 #8

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:33 PM

1. Damn it! I thought 92% body fat was the right number.

I have been doing it all wrong this whole time!

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:53 PM

2. Oh Zombie - you're not doing it wrong.

92% just makes you more cuddly.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:21 PM

3. Bell-shaped curve around 12%?

How many guys out there are UNDER 12% body fat? One out of twenty, at most? That's like a bell-shaped curve, with 6'5" at the middle.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:48 AM

4. my husband has had all kinds of health problems

I chose him because I was tired of dating jerks and he was kind and caring. I knew he would take care of me just as much as I take care of him.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:08 AM

5. Interesting

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:55 AM

6. darn one o two points off. guess i need to go running more

 

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:21 AM

7. Does that calculation make allowance for an adorable little beer belly?

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:18 AM

8. WOOT! FSogol for the win!

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