Researchers at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey have just completed a yearlong study that looked at the correlation between body mass index (BMI) and male sexual performance.
Their findings: Overweight men with obvious bellies lasted an astounding five minutes longer during sex than their thinner brethren.
A total of 200 men were surveyed. Researchers ultimately found that men with a higher BMI (i.e. bellies) lasted an average of 7.3 minutes in bed.
The slimmer of the group barely lasted two minutes, and were more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation.
So let’s say a guy has sex 100 times annually. If he has a belly, he is going to spend approximately eight hours — an entire work day — more per year in sex with his lover than if he has a six-pack. That is a substantial amount of time.
Researchers believe this could have an explanation. More belly fat could be a result of more estradiol, a female sex hormone that helps to inhibit orgasm.
Estradiol is essential for the development and maintenance of female reproductive tissues, including bones.
While oestrogen levels in men are lower compared to women, oestrogen is important in stopping sperm cells from dying off.
Men with a slightly higher estradiol are more likely to develop a big belly.
However, there are men whose big belly is a result of indiscipline, lack of exercise and overfeeding.
If these have low estradiol, they will not benefit from sustained sexual performance.