In some ways, this myth is contradictory with another myth that claims fat men only want to be with traditionally attractive people.
Primarily, though, it’s important and unfortunately necessary that fat men will be attracted to a wide variety of people of all shapes and sizes, and the same goes for fat women.
I’ll keep repeating the point, even if I sound like a broken record: some people actually find fat men attractive!
This myth is another example of how our culture’s perceptions of fat men removes any non-superficial agency from anyone who chooses to be with them.
In reality, though, this seems to be less common than this answer would have us believe.
This is one of those “positive stereotypes” many folks who shy away from “political correctness” try to use in their blatant bigotry, similar to “all Asians are smart” or “all gay men are fashionable and confident.” The issue with “positive stereotypes” is the fact that they automatically alienate anyone who doesn’t fit in with those stereotypes or, even worse, anyone who wants to be seen as more than just what society wills upon them.
Fat men are stereotyped as being warm and cuddly, but not much else on the “positive” side of stereotyping.
This blatant objectification of fat men’s bodies is the result of what the above myths have done to remove any other positive aspects of what we think of when we look at fat men.
The only redeeming quality our culture puts forth for fat men—if they aren’t rich or powerful, and not even 100% of the time—is that they’re like fluffy teddy bears as opposed to, you know, human beings with other desires.
The fact that this myth is the most popular of the 6 given answers—34 of the 100 people originally surveyed gave this or a similar answer—is troubling in and of itself.