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Big Baby Boys Grow Up to Be Manly Men

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Your big boy is likely to grow up to be a stud.

If you’ve got a son who was wearing size 12 months by 6 months, chances are he’ll grow up to be tall, strong – and get this – quite a Casanova!  “As adolescents, these boys are likely to reach puberty earlier, have higher testosterone counts” and are more likely to score with chicks before the other dudes, according to The Press Association.

A recent study followed nearly 800 young Filipino men from birth and found “those that were well nourished as infants displayed more traditionally ‘male’ characteristics as adults.”  Scientists link their manly attributes to a surge of testosterone shortly after birth.

“We looked at weight gain during this particular window of early life development because testosterone is very high at this age and helps shape the differences between males and females,” says Christopher W. Kuzawa, associate professor of anthropology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. 

Kuzawa notes that “early experiences can have a permanent effect on how the body develops, and this effect can linger into adulthood,” reports Science Daily.  “Another way to look at it is that the differences between the sexes are not hard wired, but are responsive to the environment, and in particular to nutrition,” he says.

Interesting.  But that leaves us with so many questions, like whether or not this is true for boys from other cultures, and whether or not the relationship between girls and early nutrition breeds women with large chests who are eager to roll in the hay.  Indeed, if early weight gain in girls produces “girly” effects, what are they?  Is chastity the female equivalent of male virility?  And is early weight gain in girls a good thing?  We’ve been told that babies gaining too much weight can lead to health problems later in life, so I’m assuming this weight gain Kuzawa is referring to is compared to malnourished babies.  And is he trying to insinuate that skinny boy babies will grow up to be gay?  My head is exploding!  I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.  Meanwhile, if you’ve got a 6 month-old girl headed off to a play date with a big 6-month-old boy, be careful he doesn’t put the moves on.  They might crawl off into the sunset.

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Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. She’s appeared in TONY, The NY Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere online at MarieClaire.com and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Carolyn's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Big Baby Boys Grow Up to Be Manly Men

  1. bob says:

    I don’t see any reason to assume there’s a corollary for girls, nor that lacking “traditionally male characteristics” means homosexuality (or having them means hetero). It just means smaller, less muscular and lower grip strength, as far as I can tell.
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    But I have a lot of questions, too, like, how might this square with breast-fed babies’ weight not keeping up with bottle-fed in the early months? On the other hand, is growing up to be a ‘manly man’ likely to be advantageous or not in the long run, assuming it may mean more difficulty sitting still in school, more behavior challenges, teenage fatherhood, etc.?

  2. michelle says:

    Did anyone else notice that this post puts a very positive spin on boys’ early puberty — “scoring with chicks before the other dudes”? While the very next post says the very same thing for girls is “undesirable”? (more likely to enter into sexual relationships at a younger age than their peers)? WTF? Double standard is alive and well. This stuff is all such sexist crap.

  3. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Sexualizing little boys is just as bad as sexualizing little girls.

  4. JEssica says:

    Most scientist are males, most males want to have sex with many women. Hence it is preferable for males to have more partners, while women should remain pure for them. Bias perspective.

  5. Amy says:

    It just makes you wonder who all of the men are supposed to be having sex with if the ladies are to abstain?!?!

  6. A Man Called Da-da says:

    This is patently ridiculous and should be ignored. Then again, Da-da *is* turning into a big manly woman as he writes this:

    http://amancalleddada.com/2010/10/im-big-woman-aaiieeeieee.html

    -Da-da
    amancalleddada.com

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