WellNews: The weighting game
Jul 27,2007 00:00 by Scott_LaFee

Men who lift weights get more mates.

Or so conclude UCLA researchers, who say they have produced the first scientifically quantified study of women's perceptions of the importance of muscularity in selecting short- and long-term partners.

THE WEIGHTING GAME - Researchers say they have produced the first scientifically quantified study of women's perceptions of the importance of muscularity in selecting partners. CNS Photo. 
MEDTRONICA - The National Museum of Health and Medicine Web site at nmhm.washingtondc.museum/index.html has some indisputably interesting exhibits. Some are historical, some are just morbidly fascinating. CNS Photo. 
"If you're trying to figure out why men - especially young men - spend so much time at the gym, here's your answer," said David Frederick, a UCLA doctoral candidate and the study's lead author. "The stereotype is that men work out to compete with each other, but our research suggests that pumping iron is a way for men to enhance their attractiveness to women."

Frederick and colleagues conducted two studies. In the first, they photographed 99 male college students, then asked a panel of independent judges to rate them on a nine-point scale, with one being much less muscular than average and nine being much more muscular than average.

The researchers then queried the men about their sexual histories. Compared to their less-muscular peers, the men with above-average muscularity were twice as likely to have had more than three sex partners in their lives.

In the second study, researchers asked 120 male undergraduates to rate their physiques, then asked them about their sexual histories. The self-identified muscle men were not only more likely to be sexually active, but were also twice as likely to have had brief flings or one-night stands as scrawnier fellows.


National Museum of Health and Medicine


The National Museum of Health and Medicine, on the campus of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, is an indisputably interesting place. Check out the virtual exhibits - some historical, some just morbidly fascinating.


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- Compiled by R.J. Ignelzi