Ladies: A little fat around the middle ain’t all that bad.

(Um, unless you live in Japan, Greece or Portugal where most women are more financially dependent on men.)

What’s your waist-to-hip ratio? A long-held belief had women convinced that men prefer a 0.7  or lower ratio  (waist much narrower than hips), a la Marilyn Monroe. But new evidence suggests something different.

Men who want their mates to be strong,  economically successful and politically competitive, are looking at more cylindrical than hour-glass figures. From LiveScience.com

“That’s because the hormones that make women physically stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tend to redistribute fat from the hips to the waist. So in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources and otherwise bring home the bacon, they may be less likely to have the classic hourglass figure, Cashdan hypothesizes in the December issue of the journal Current Anthropology.”

Read about the science behind this: Best Female Figure Not an Hourglass.