British Women Think Overweight Men Make Better Lovers, According to New Study

Women Prefer Overweight Lovers British Study
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08/11/2015 AT 04:45 PM EDT

Here's some excellent news for rotund men – British women prefer you in the bedroom.

A new study surveyed 2,544 British women aged 18 and over about what they look for in a sexual partner. (All the women surveyed said they'd previously slept with men of varied shapes and sizes, so their preferences would be well-informed.)

The findings? A whopping 38 percent of women said that "overweight/plus-size" was the ideal male body shape in the bedroom, beating out "athletic/muscly," which only 21 percent of women chose as ideal.

When asked to explain why they preferred "overweight/plus-size" lovers, 42 percent of women gave the rationale, "They seemed more eager to please me than themselves." Other popular rationales included, "They were more caring and gentle," and "They made me feel less self-conscious about my own body."

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The study was commissioned by Darrell Freeman, MD, the creator of the plus-size apparel website

"There seems to be somewhat of a 'chubby-chaser' trend growing amongst British women," Freeman told Metro UK. "The fact that so many women prefer the sex they've had with lovers on the larger side just goes to show that chiseled looks and pumped up muscles aren't everything, and it's what's on the inside that counts."
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