The word ‘bun’ in the name means ‘bunny’ in Latin, and the bun was a common style in Europe until the early 1800s.
But, according to researchers, this may be the first time the word has been used to describe a hairstyle associated with a man.
A team of researchers from the University of Leeds and the University in South Africa used data from a survey of over 10,000 Australians to examine how many men have been described as having a bun hairstyle in the past 10 years.
Their findings, published in the International Journal of Occupational Health, showed a statistically significant association between having a man bun hairstyles and being classified as overweight.
They said they suspected the association may be due to the fact that men with bun hair have lower BMI and a higher risk of coronary heart disease.
“We found that overweight people who were described as being overweight or obese also reported having a lower BMI, a higher waist circumference and a lower waist-to-hip ratio,” said Dr Andrew Whitehead, from the university’s Department of Public Health and Health Professions.
“The lower BMI also suggests that there is a relationship between the higher waist-hip ratios and the lower BMI.”
The researchers believe the association could be due in part to the way the word bun has been perceived by society over the past decade.
The word bun came from the Old English word bóu, which meant ‘bunch’.
“We know from the Oxford English Dictionary that the word býu, as in ‘bunnies’, came from bùu-bóu meaning ‘bungs’, and bòu meaning bun,” said co-author Dr John Caulfield, from South Africa’s University of Cape Town.
“It could also be that it is perceived as a way of looking good.”
They also noted that the term man bun has become a shorthand term for a haircut associated with men.
The study found that over half of men aged between 25 and 54 had been described by others as having man bun haircuts.
Dr Whitehead said: “The men we studied who were identified as having had these man bun features tended to be older, healthier, older men and were also overweight or overweight and obese.”
Bun hair is considered a sign that a man is physically fit and has health issues, but these findings show that some men may be more likely to be overweight or in a low BMI category.
“The study, which was carried out over five years, used data on more than 9,500 Australians to determine the frequency of the word man bun being used.
The researchers found that of those who identified as overweight or underweight, one in five had a man Bun haircut.
“So, for example, if you are obese, it may not be a good idea to get a man cut if you don’t want to look like you have a bun. “
Men who reported being overweight were more than twice as likely to have man bun than those who reported other body type,” Dr Whitehood said.
This may mean that men who have a woman bun hairstylist may be in a better position to maintain their weight and health than others, and this is not surprising given that there are similar factors that may contribute to overweight and obesity in men and women.”