When is the best time for fat chicks to get men? Just before dinnertime, according to British researchers. Hungry men rated heavier women more sexually attractive than satiated men (not hungry). The psychologists speculated that thousands of years of food scarcity created a genetic drive for men to seek heftier women, who are more likely to survive.
Hunger turned on the “fat chick” gene, while satiation (absence of hunger) turned it off. Men who weren’t hungry favored leaner women who fit modern definitions of sexiness. The hunger effect was the same in all races. This study showed the powerful effect of metabolism on everything we do. Something as simple as blood sugar may determine whether you get a date Friday night and who you go out with. (British Journal Psychology, 97: 353-363, 2006)