So this explains it!

Everyone has a particular body type to which they are most attracted … for me, it’s always been petite women with nice round hips/butts. Breast size has always been less important; in fact, most of the time I seem to prefer women with smaller chests … but I’ve always liked the butt.

I am, to put it somewhat crassly, an ass-man. Some people have called me an asshole, but that’s a different situation altogether; one which I’ve been working very hard to change.

I’ve always wondered how attraction works … why I have one particular body type that I like, and why others like another body type. Well, now there’s some research telling me why I like my particular type.

Reported this morning on CBS News:

Are Curvier Women Smarter?

(CBS) New research finds an apparent, direct correlation between women’s body fat and intelligence.

As CBS News correspondent Susan McGinnis reported on The Early Show Tuesday, the study shows women with fuller, “hourglass” figures seem to be smarter, and give birth to brighter children.

The research, published this week in the journal “Evolution and Human Behavior,” indicates hips don’t lie. In effect, says the study of some 16,000 women, the smaller your waist and bigger your hips, the smarter you are.

And, McGinnis points out, there’s a formula: Divide waist circumference by hip circumference. The lower the result, the better.

For instance, notes McGinnis, Jennifer Lopez’s waist measures 26 inches, her hips, 39 — for a waist-to-hip ratio of point-66. The less curvy Keira Knightley’s waist is 25 inches, and her hips, 33, for a ratio of point-76.

The researchers say it has to do with omega-3 fatty acids, which gather around fuller hips and thighs, and are important for the growth of the brain during pregnancy. The curvier the hips, the higher the level of omega-3s.

It may also explain other studies that show men prefer women with a low waist-to-hip ratio.

Not only that but, according to the research, women with smaller waists and larger hips — live longer!

I do have to admit that I find Keira Knightly FAR more attractive than Jennifer Lopez … but that may just be the exception that proves the rule.


  1. ewwww, bummm

    Actually. My wife fits the profile (though she’s not having her picture taken for it) to a T. She’s got a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Biochemistry and an M.D.

    And, for what it’s worth, our children are mensa material — they get from her, not me.

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