Ideal mates don't match up to real life
SHEFFIELD, England (UPI) -- Men would rather have female partners much slimmer than they are, but women prefer men either slimmer or larger than ones they have, U.S. researchers say.
Dr. Alexandre Courtiol of the University of Sheffield in England and colleagues at the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier in France collected data from 100 heterosexual couples living in Montpellier, France.
The researchers say the actual partners are of a different height, weight and body mass index than those the subjects would ideally choose.
"Whether males or females win the battle of mate choice, it is likely for any trait, what we prefer and what we get, differs quite significantly," Courtiol says in a statement. "This is because our ideals are usually rare or unavailable and also because both sexes express preferences while biological optimum can differ between them."