Recently, ESPN published their annual “Body” issue where celebrities and athletes strip down nude and they capture it in print for all to see. Its tagline is “bodies we want” — part celebratory, part art, part drooling over bodies we used to have. Each year, the magazine takes heat for either being too objectifying or for perpetuating unrealistic body ideals in the same vein as the fashion layouts.
But this year, its sixth, the breakout star of the Body Issue is Prince Fielder, the chubby-cheeked first baseman for the Texas Rangers. Completely nude and clutching a baseball bat, Fielder, 5-feet-11-inches tall, made a distinct impression and had social media talking about #HuskyTwitter.
That made us realize: what’s so BAD about being a big guy? Not a “fat” guy, but not a super muscular guy either–essentially, someone in between. In fact, we did an informal poll and have the following reasons why BIG GUYS are great:
1. Larger surface area so less heat loss in cold climates (*wink*)
2. Security! Less susceptible to attack by predators
3. Big guys rarely criticize your food portions. If you want that extra slice of pizza or that extra scoop of ice cream, he’s not going to raise an eyebrow.
4. You know how women’s magazines always claim that men prefer women with a little meat on their bones, because their bodies feel better to the touch? Turns out the reverse is also true. Heavier men are softer and more squeezable than skinny ones.