Science Has Found the Correlation Between Height, BMI, and How Much You Get Laid

If new research from Chapman University is to be believed, your winning charisma and “one weird tricks” mean less than your physical dimensions.

The study used 60,058 peoples heights, ethnicity, education, age, ethnicity, and BMI for indicators of their sexual history.

What it found was that while guys prefer girls with a more slender figure and that it may give women a “stronger bargaining hand”, the evidence that being skinny leads to more sexual partners doesn’t exist. In fact, women who were underweight had noticeably less.

You can figure out your BMI here.

Sex-vs-height

 

“There are numerous possibilities as to why underweight women had few partners,” explained Dr. Frederick. “They may be highly dissatisfied with their weight and suffering from anorexia and thus not motivated to show their bodies; additionally, being underweight is associated with a relatively high mortality rate and/or they could be suffering from a variety of ailments that cause weight loss and thus have fewer sex partners because they are dealing with serious health issues.”

Height made almost no noticeable difference to how many people women had been with, other than extremely short women having fewer partners, which is similiar to the stats that short guys were getting.

Short guys reported a lower amount of sexual partners but “the expectation that tall men, for example, would have the most sex partners was only partially supported.”

“Men who are relatively tall may be preferred by women because taller height is a cue to dominance, social status, access to resources, and heritable fitness, leading them to have more mating opportunities and sex partners.”

Body-Mass-vs-Sex

“Research has repeatedly shown than women prefer men who are relatively taller than they are. It is possible that for most women there is a certain minimal threshold of height, after which they will consider a male as a potential sex partner, and thus men above that height will end up with similar numbers of sex partners.”

When controlling for education, BMI, and ethnicity there was very little correspondence with how much men got laid.

“Men who were “overweight” reported a higher mean and median number of sex partners than men with other body masses.”

The data also found that age changed what people want. Younger people were more likely to be more interested in looks than older people.

“One clear message from the research is that people ages 18-25 put substantially more importance on good looks than other age groups, and this is particularly important to young men,” said Dr. Frederick.  “As men enter their 30’s, they start to put relatively less importance on appearance (and) consider it less essential. One source of concern women have with their bodies is driven by concerns that men prefer slender women. ”

Maybe this could all get sorted out if all the short guys and girls found each other and balanced the books a little?

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