From the Herald today:
Overweight women tend to end up with lower-quality mates - but excess kilos are no disadvantage for men, a psychologist has found.
Dr Alice Boyes, a New Zealander who returned from Britain six months ago to rejoin her partner in Christchurch, says heavier women pair with men who give themselves low ratings on scales of "attractiveness/vitality" and "status/resources".
But men's weight makes no statistically significant difference to their partners' ratings of themselves on any of the three scales used - attractiveness/vitality, status/resources and warmth/trustworthiness.
"For women the standards are much more restrictive," Dr Boyes said yesterday.
"A woman with a wee bit of a round tummy might be judged negatively. There is a bit of a bias there."
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