Survey Says

STUDY: Nearly Half Of Gay Men Would Shave A Year Or Two Off Their Life For Six-Pack Abs

ConstructionIn a British study reported by Pink News UK, 48% of gay men say they’d give up “a year or more of their lives” in exchange for the perfect physique.

Well, if it’s one of those years at the end, when you’re all old and wrinkly, why not? (Kidding!)

But in all seriousness, it’s not exactly breaking news that gay men are more zealous about going to the gym—and, yes, maybe a little more body-obsessed, too—than our straight counterparts. Only a third of them said they’d kick off early for a hot bod.

Still the numbers are certainly striking.

Of course only 394 men were polled in the survey, but if the numbers truly represent a good sample, one in ten gay lads are downright Faustian body queens: They’d lop off a whole decade or more, “if they could have their ideal body now.”

Would the study’s results have been vastly different in America, given our obesity epidemic? We’d venture to say no, because most gays gravitate towards cosmopolitan centers where people tend to be skinnier. But we have a feeling the results wouldn’t be quite as drastic as that of these skinny British bitches, though.

There you have it: gay men are dying to have the perfect body. Recent gay-blog evidence confirms:

Photo via Walter Stoneburner

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  • shle896

    I wonder how many years they’d shave off their lives for a mammoth dick? Decades, I’m sure.

  • Marie Cohn

    I would give my left arm, all of it, for six-pack abs.

  • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

    The guys who answered this survey are smart. I’m probably shaving off a couple of years already by drinking so much beer, and it’s certainly not giving me a six-pack.

  • MikeE

    the “survey” is completely meaningless with that small a sample pool.

  • Olive Austin

    Yes, if that year or two came off the END of my life when I’ll be laying in a bed with tubes running in and out, while the abs would become effective immediately. Read the fine print to make sure you get the abs now and not at the very end.

  • JayKay

    Meh, seems like once you hit 60 life is just a long, slow, senile, painful, incontinent downhill slide into that sweet, sweet goodnight.

    Give up a few years of dementia and arthritis in exchange for Brandon Routh’s body? Yeah, why the hell not.

  • Riker

    I don’t plan on getting old anyway, so why not? Once I hit 29 I’m just going to refuse to age further. Who cares if I would have died at 83 or 84?

  • Tommy Shepherd

    Considering that some guys bareback quite blithely, thus risking shaving 20+ years off their lives, this isn’t that surprising.

  • steve sydney

    @Riker: I plan on doing the same.. although my limit age is 24. Forever 24 by next year..

    And yeah.. another topic that really didn’t have anything to do with sex has somehow brought up the issue of BB… tipical

  • steve sydney

    @steve sydney: typical – even…

  • Opheliac

    lol, I’m not a guy, but I’d gladly give up the year of my life where I fell down with depression. Even if I didn’t get perfect abs in return. Still, I’m pretty sure everyone has been through some shitty year they’d rather not have been through.

  • Jim

    I came to this story thinking that it might be warning about overexercising, but it just seems to be an extended “would you rather?”

  • Bryan

    The gay community has always been shallow, nothing new here.

  • MKe

    Am I still in that half if I would shave a decade? And I’m only 25lbs overweight. But i’ve been trying with that 25lbs for years, it’s muscle memory, it’s on for life.

  • kendoll

    I find it sad what this says about gay men.

  • Evan Mulvihill

    @MKe: You’re in the 10% who would give up a decade, then.

  • Jim Steele

    I take it that the survey wasn’t done at a Bear convention or any other group of gay men that are happy and well adjusted. :-)

  • Shnugi

    @MikeE: It’s highly unlikely if you expanded the sample size that the results would change very much (maybe a few percent in either direction). Now, changing the wording of the questions could make a major difference.

  • Cinesnatch

    There are some guys who took that survey who would never get to see those abs If they we’re going to die anyway a year or two from when they took that survey.

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