Overweight women are more likely to have had sex with men

Oh, look! More proof that listening to stereotypes is an utter waste of time.

According to data in the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, which was only recently analyzed, overweight women were more likely to have had sex with men than women with a "normal" body mass index, pretty much debunking the whole "big girls don't get any" myth.

But interestingly (and according to us, even more importantly), it seems the initial reaction to this news feeds into the false stereotype.

"These results were unexpected, and we don't really know why this is the case," said Bliss Kaneshiro, an assistant professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.

Hmm ... that outlook doesn't really help perpetuate the reality that this survey has found. Perhaps the scientists shouldn't act so shocked by their data. (Maybe even a well-placed "obvs" would be in order.)

What Doctors May Not Know

Assuming that heavier girls don't get any seems a little mean-spirited, but when you put a whole team of scientists on solving the puzzling phenomenon of a non-twiggy girl enjoying a healthy sex life, it just seems cruel. You may be wondering, "Wow, what's the point of such a jerky study?"

Glad you asked! Dr. Marie Harvey, a reproductive health specialist at Oregon State University who worked on the study, frets that your doctors won't concern themselves with your sexual well-being if they don't think you're getting any.

"Some medical practitioners may not do appropriate follow-up with women who are overweight; they might assume they aren't having sex unless they are told otherwise," she told reporters.

So if your physician doesn't find you conventionally attractive, she may not give you proper care? We don't know about you, but we're going to get a blowout and some new jeans before the next time we see our docs. You know, just so they don't assume you're too repulsive to merit attention, medical or otherwise. [via lemondrop]

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