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Getting a little bored with that New Year diet? Then a new survey out this week may give you the incentive you need to continue!

Friendship and Dating site asked it’s members which physical trait was most off-putting in a prospective date and an incredible 60% listed excess weight as the number one turn-off. And if you’re a lady dieter, the gender split makes even more stark reading with a full 74% of men avoiding larger ladies.

Possibly the most surprising figure to emerge from the survey showed 40% of those who are themselves overweight claim to be turned off by excess weight on others! But there’s also a caution in the tale with a notable 10% of respondents equally turned off by a skinny size zero.

Shorter men were much more willing to date larger ladies than their taller counterparts, but those of limited stature were themselves discriminated against with 25% of respondents refusing to date anyone they consider ‘too short’.

If you are a larger lady and don’t want to lose those pounds, then the best place to find admirers is Ealing where 25% of men find slim women a turn-off and only 37% consider excess weight to be a major issue. And larger men might want to visit Croydon, where only 12% of ladies would be fazed by those extra pounds.

Media Contact:

Tina Willoughby, PR Manager,
Tel: 020 8539 2371 ext 6296

Research: polled 6296 members over a one week period. Detailed stats & breakdowns available on request.

Past surveys are available as a free Press Resource at

About Makefriendsonline

Launched in 2000, Make Friends Online now has over a million members primarily from the UK and Ireland, with worldwide membership increasing rapidly. Affectionately known as MFO to it’s huge enthusiastic crowd of regulars, who treat the site more like the local pub than an online dating agency, it has claimed thousands of friendships, relationships, engagements, marriages, and even MFO babies.

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