An unofficial study by Dr. Judith A. Sanders of the California State Polytechnic University Communications Department in Pomona found its use as an offensive slang term to "mack or dance" with overweight women, and Sarah Fenske offered an essay called "Big Game Hunters" in Scoot Over, Skinny : The Fat Nonfiction Anthology detailing various discussions by men regarding the practice. The essay was reprinted in the Cleveland Scene in October of 2003.
This practice was further discussed in an article in volume 27 of the interdisciplinary journal Deviant Behavior by Jeannine Gailey and Ariane Prohaska, "'Knocking off a Fat Girl': an Exploration of Hogging, Male Sexuality, and Neutralizations." In the article, they claim that the practice of hogging is "a part of a larger problem of cultural misogyny.
Although many individuals disbelieve the positive psychological effects of hogging, it has been said that habitual 'Big Game Hunters' are more comfortable with their inner sexuality. Such hoggers enjoy partners of either sex and will often engage in sexual activities with men and women at the same time.