Turns out that the movies have been getting it right all along — there is a link between your height, weight and the number of people that you’ve had sex with. But it’s only half of what you’d think.
While we could have probably guessed that shorter people reported a lower number of sexual partners, underweight people also fit that bill. Meaning Amy Schumer was onto something about not having to be the ideal size in order to catch a… well, you know what.
Scientists in California made the revelation this week, claiming in a study that shorter, underweight people between the ages of 30 and 44 reported fewer overall partners since the time they became sexually active than their taller, heavier counterparts.
After surveying 60,058 heterosexual men and women, it turns out the average number of sexual partners is eight. But that number decreases to five when it comes to very short men, and falls “notably” when it comes to underweight men and women.
“There are numerous possibilities as to why underweight women had few partners,” explained the study’s Dr. David Frederick. “They may be highly dissatisfied with their weight and suffering from anorexia and thus not motivated to show their bodies; additionally, being underweight is associated with a relatively high mortality rate and/or they could be suffering from a variety of ailments that cause weight loss and thus have fewer sex partners because they are dealing with serious health issues.”
When it comes to the stigma of men and height, however, there is even less of an explanation. While it’s true that shorter men reported a lower number of sexual partners, taller men didn’t necessarily have higher numbers than those who were considered average.
“The relatively limited variation in sex partner number for men across much of the height continuum is difficult to explain,” Dr. Frederick continued. “Research has repeatedly shown than women prefer men who are relatively taller than they are. It is possible that for most women there is a certain minimal threshold of height, after which they will consider a male as a potential sex partner, and thus men above that height will end up with similar numbers of sex partners.”
So what’s the bottom line? To us it looks as though average people get it on in between the sheets more often. But really, it’s hard to know exactly just how many sexual partners you’ve had anyhow — especially when you take this calculator into account.