Science Confirms the Obvious : Very Fat Men Less Likely to be Married by 40

Men who were grossly overweight at the age of 18 had nearly 50 percent less chance of being married by their 30s and 40s, an international conference on obesity heard in Amsterdam.

The findings, which held true regardless of the men’s intellectual performance or socio-economic position, could suggest that women rank a man’s appearance higher than other traits when choosing a partner.

So even if you are rich and powerful, you are still less likely to get married if you are very fat. (At least if you are a swedish man).

Kark’s study was conducted among more than 500,000 Swedish men born between 1951 and 1961.

It found that men who had been obese at 18 were 46 percent less likely to be married in 1991, when they were aged between 30 and 40, than men with no weight problem, and 45 percent less likely by 2004.

For men who were overweight but not obese at 18, the chances of marriage were somewhat higher — 10 percent lower than for men of normal weight in their 30s and nine percent lower in their forties.