In a win for aesthetically challenged men everywhere, a new study has found that the women who are most happy in their relationships are the women who marry men perceived to be less attractive than they are.
The findings, published in the journal Body Image, came from researchers at Florida State University and Southern Methodist University in Texas who surveyed 113 newlyweds from the Dallas area. All the couples were in their late 20s, and all had been married for less than four months, and the authors were trying to better understand how physical attractiveness impacted relationships.
The study used full-body photographs to rank the attractiveness of participants on a scale of 1 to 10 and then asked the lovers questions, mostly focused on their motivation to diet and stay in shape.
The research had what authors called "Beauty and the Beast" results; basically they discovered that if the dude in the relationship isn't a regulation hottie then he's more into doing other things to please his partner including getting her gifts, dressing well, doing housework and basically making sure his lady feels satisfied in the sack.
"The husbands seemed to be basically more committed, more invested in pleasing their wives when they felt that they were getting a pretty good deal," the study said.
On the flip side, women who had potential DILFs for hubbies were found to more likely obsess over their appearance and have more motivation to be thin.
"The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive," said Tania Reynolds, an FSU psychology doctoral student.
"One way to help these women is for partners to be very reaffirming, reminding them, 'You're beautiful. I love you at any weight or body type,' " Reynolds said.
So key takeaway; try and spot his potential...