Why women can't stand a sickly man

It is bad news for frequent sufferers of man flu who are prone to calling in sick.

While pulling a sickie may work with employers, it is likely to leave your wife or girlfriend distinctly unimpressed.

Women looking for a long-term partner find sickliness incredibly off-putting, a study has found. When it comes to the traits they find attractive, being tough in the face of illness is more important than a handsome face or even a good physique.

Researchers from the University of Hawaii asked 86 women to rate men based on photographs and descriptions including their attitude towards poor health.

They saw one man photographed who ¿candidly admits that he catches almost every cold¿ and another who only admits to the ¿sniffles¿ or feeling a ¿bit off¿

They saw one man photographed who ‘candidly admits that he catches almost every cold’ and another who only admits to the ‘sniffles’ or feeling a ‘bit off’

They saw one man photographed who ‘candidly admits that he catches almost every cold’ and another who only admits to the ‘sniffles’ or feeling a ‘bit off’. Another man stayed in bed all day with headaches, while a second ignored them.

The results, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Medicine, show women looking for a long-term relationship chose a man who ignored illness, even if they had a worse face or body.

The authors, led by Professor Susan Brown, from the University of Hawaii, wrote: ‘Participants preferred stoic men who worked even though they were experiencing health problems as long-term mates, disregarding the male’s facial symmetry and physique.’

The study suggests women

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