THE guy with the showroom body strutting his six pack in front of the mirrors in the gym probably doesn't have as much fun as the guy with the big belly who does the job where it matters – in the bedroom!

A study conducted at Erciyes University in Turkey revealed that overweight men have better sexual stamina.

Most women prefer big men in their bedroom rather than skinny and normal-sized men.

A total of 200 men were surveyed over a period of a year. The researchers said men with bigger bodies lasted an average of 7,3 minutes in bed while slimmer men reached their maximum excitement in two minutes, leaving women horny and frustrated in bed. The slimmer men also tended to suffer from premature ejaculation.

This could have something to do with the fact that belly fat contains more estradiol, a female sex hormone that helps to slow down orgasms. Men with a slightly higher estradiol are more likely to develop a big belly.

Pamela Matsena (32) from Germiston, Gauteng agreed and said she would never date a skinny man.

"I want to feel weight on me after I get satisfied after a long pleasure round," she said.

A 27-year-old man from Soweto didn't agree. He said being skinny is healthy.

"It depends on how happy the couple are together. That brings satisfying sexual pleasure, not the weight or size of the man," he said.

Readers on Facebook are divided:

Rosey Magorowz: Behind a man with a big belly there hides a happy woman.
Mpho Mohlala: Big men have small dicks. Don't believe the study ladies, please.
Molelu Maponya: This is just to make them feel better – like saying women prefer a smaller Gupta.
Zandile Ncane: Skinny or mkhaba makes no difference. It depends kuth yakwaz ye kungfikisa.
Phelelisiwe Thusi: I will never date a size 32 downwards. As for sex, it just depends kumuntu nomuntu.

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