Fake News: NO New Study Reveals That Men Who Marry Plus-size Women are Happy

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: NO New Study Reveals That Men Who Marry Plus-size Women are Happy

Did a new study reveal that men who marry plus-size women are happier than men with slim wives? No, that's not true: There was no such study comparing the levels of happiness brought to men based on the relative sizes of the women they marry. It is completely fabricated and the psychological study referenced was never done at the Mexican university credited with the research.

The false claim was first published on Spanish-language websites in 2017, but more recently in an article (archived here) where it was published by a Kenyan website on August 21, 2018 under the title "New Study Reveals That Men Who Marry Plus-size Women are Happy". It opened:

Most of the time, plump women are often misjudged on the basis of their size and physical appearance.

A new study has, however, revealed that men who marry plus-size women tend to have a happier life as compared to those who marry slim women.

Findings of a research conducted by Dr Filemón Alvarado and Dr Edgardo Morales of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) department of psychology, indicated that most chubby women are more open and affectionate which makes them more involving, hence, a happy relationship.

This, according to the research, makes their men 10 times happier than those married to the slender.

This is what social media users saw:

Lead Stories is not weighing in on the happiness factor question, but we can call this report bogus based on the fact that there is no such research. Also, there is no Dr. Filemón Alvarado or Dr. Edgardo Morales in the psychology department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. This story and all other versions fail to provide a link to the study. A thorough search of the university's website did not locate it. Lots of Googling didn't turn it up. Still, we will share with our readers more of this fictional report.

Secondly, plus-size women are said to shine with positivity which is infectious.

Thirdly, the survey showed that the plump ladies smile more and are better at dealing with problems.

Lastly, the well-rounded women were found to be better at anticipating their partner needs and hence make a good couple.

The research noted that slim women are often reserved, more unfriendly and less expressive with their emotions making them hard nuts to crack in relationships.

In view of the above findings, the researchers concluded that men who marry plump women live longer, smile more and are always happy in their relationships and general lives.

While the Kenyan story ended there, another version found online listed nine reasons why "curvy, plus-size women" made their husbands "10 times happier."

  • These women do not put too much pressure on their partners to be fit.
  • They do not try to lose weight. This means more eating out opportunities.
  • Buying them their favorite chocolate can make them happy.
  • They're funnier. People that laugh together are happier couples. Furthermore, happier couples are more likely to have a healthier and longer relationship.
  • They give good hugs. Chubby women are better to hug, without exceptions.
  • They tend to cook better. Of course, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
  • They're foodies. Men want to chow down with their partners.
  • These women tend to be figuratively and literally sweeter.There is more to love.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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