Wednesday, October 7, 2009

men like to marry younger brides

he reason that men like to marry women who are years younger than themselves has been discovered: they have more grandchildren as a result. And it turns out that men have the most children when their brides are around 15 years their junior.

There are many more well known "May to December" relationships such as Tony Curtis, 82, and Jill Vandenburg, 40, Des O'Connor, 75, and Jodie, 38, Michael Douglas, 63, and Catherine Zeta Jones, 38, or the late Anna Nicole Smith who married an ailing 89 year old oil tycoon when she was only 26.

Indeed, records show that most men marry younger women.

A study published in the journal Biology Letters, provides evidence that the reason for these unions is that men prefer young women due to their high fertility while women prefer older men due to their wealth and high social status, which make them good providers for the offspring.

Although this idea has been around for a long time, few studies have been done to show that this is true and have demonstrated that more and healthier children are the result.

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