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85% of men open to dating heavier women

September 7, 2009

85% of Single Men Would Date Heavy Women; 90% of Single Women Feel Men Can’t See Past a Few Extra Pounds, States Date.com
– New Poll Shows Significant Discrepancy between Single Males’ and Single Females’ Perception of Dating and Weight

Date.com — Kirstie Alley, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Oprah have spent years yo-yo dieting, but would they work so hard to be thin if they knew men love them despite the extra pounds? These days, Fat is Fabulous, with reality shows about a heavy bachelor searching for his heavy set sweetheart and zaftig women competing in dance-offs, bringing in big ratings numbers for the Networks. So when Fox’s More to Love Bachelor, Luke Conley, professed to loving big, beautiful women, leading online dating sites Date.comMatchmaker.com , and Amor.com, decided to poll its members to see what they think about dating overweight men or women.

The results were surprising, perhaps even astounding. A whopping 85% of single men professed their love for heavier women with more than 80% of men feeling that overweight women are less bitchy than thin women. These single men thought that overweight women appreciate the attention that men give them and are more loving because of it.

Since the beginning of time, men and women have failed to understand each other and this latest poll shows that this continues. While the majority of men have no issue with an overweight woman, 90% of women think men find extra weight unattractive, and that heavy women have a much harder time dating.

“These poll results show such a significant discrepancy in the way men feel about dating overweight women, and what women think men are looking for when it comes to relationships. Unfortunately, these types of misconceptions between the sexes are extremely common, and result in a lot of missed dating and relationship opportunities,” said Shira Zwebner, Relationship Advisor for Date.com, Matchmaker.com and Amor.com. “At the end of the day, what’s important to men is that the women they date be open and receptive to being loved and to giving love, not whether or not they’re a perfect size zero. And once overweight women realize that men aren’t just looking for a thin woman, they’ll have a lot more self-confidence when dating, which will ultimately result in more successful romances.”

In a new survey of thousands of male online daters nationwide, conducted in the months of July and August 2009, we asked: Fox’s hit reality show this Summer, More to Love, is about an overweight guy looking for love amongst overweight women. America is one of the fattest nations on the planet; do you prefer dating skinny or overweight women?

Following are the complete results:

A couple of extra pounds is fine by me: 85% Thin: 15%

We also asked our male members the following: Why do you prefer to date a heavy woman?

Following are the complete results:

I find that overweight women are less bitchy than thin women, they appreciate the attention men give them and are more loving because of it: 80%

Because it matters what’s on the inside, not on the outside: 68.7%

Heavier women are better in bed: 54.2%

Overweight women have more fun, especially those who are happy in their own skin: 12.5%

All of the above: 34.6%

We also asked our male members the following: And if you would date an overweight woman, how heavy can she be?

Following are the complete results:

She can be obese; it doesn’t matter as long as I love her: 79.9% A couple of pounds overweight, but she should be working on losing it: 63.8% 20 pounds is my limit: 42.5% I wouldn’t date someone who is overweight: 20.5%

In a new survey of thousands of female online daters nationwide, we asked: Fox’s hit reality show this Summer, More to Love, is about an overweight guy looking for love amongst overweight women. America is one of the fattest nations on the Planet; do you think overweight women have a harder time dating?

Following are the complete results:

Absolutely, men can’t see beyond a few extra pounds: 90.0% Not really, they’re just single like the rest of us: 10.0%

We also asked our female members the following: Would you date an overweight guy?

Following are the complete results:

Yes, I love a teddy bear, I feel protected by a bigger guy: 87.6% Depends on how overweight he is, I’d like someone who is health conscious and not a couch potato: 74.3% No, I want a guy who is fit and keeps in shape: 29.8%

This summer, Date.com asked people on the street what appeals most to them in a mate: looks, brains, physique, money or confidence? Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URRxN_vA0C8 to view America’s answers!

About Avalanche, LLC Avalanche operates several leading online dating websites, including Date.com, Matchmaker.com and Amor.com. Date.com launched on Valentine’s Day 1997 and has become one of the world’s most popular dating websites. First started as a Bulletin Board System in 1986, Matchmaker.com is the oldest online dating site. It was acquired by Avalanche in 2006 and targets those singles seeking serious relationships. Amor.com, launched in 2007, is a rapidly growing destination for Hispanic singles. Avalanche hosts more than 10 million members worldwide, with the sites adding over 100,000 members each month. Additional information is available at http://www.date.com

This press release was issued through 24-7PressRelease.com.  For further information, visit http://www.24-7pressrelease.com.

SOURCE  Avalanche, LLC

Shira Zwebner of Avalanche, LLC, +1-212-721-3440, shira@date.com

  
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Lee September 7, 2009

I couldn’t believe your title, but in reading see that actually 85% of men think a “couple extra pounds” is okay. That makes more sense considering recent poll I heard says 85% of men’s base their decisions on dating on looks. “Extra couple of pounds” is a BIG difference from “dating heavier women”.

LaRayne September 7, 2009

Being a lady with a “few extra pounds” (20 to 30 – depending on which chart you go by)) most of my life, I was surprised when my doctor said that as my overall health was good and I wasn’t gaining not to worry. What a change from the ones that hound you to get down to a size 2.

Alley September 7, 2009

Interesting that more women said that they want someone fit and in shape than the men said.

The Guitar God September 10, 2009

When 90% of women say men don’t look past a few pounds and 85% of men say they would date an over weight women, someone is lying or wrong.

Digital Product Reviews September 13, 2009

I think in general both men and women believe the opposite sex is way more pickier than they actually are.

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