Women with thick thighs and big buttocks, according to a new study, may be carrying more than simply extra weight, but also extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity. It seems that for some genetically blessed individuals, losing weight may not be as important.
Scientists from the University of Oxford have discovered that women with larger than average butts are not only increasingly intelligent, but also very resistant to chronic illnesses.
According to the International Journal of Obesity, the lower body (thigh and backside) has a natural protective role.
According to Professor Konstantinos Manolopoulos, who leads the team at the University of Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism having a ‘pear shape’ is not just less bad for you than an ‘apple shape’, but actively protects against diabetes and heart disease.
Results from the study found that women with bigger backsides tend to have lower levels of cholesterol and are more likely to produce hormones to metabolize sugar. Therefore, women with big butts are less likely to have diabetes or heart problems.
Having a big butt requires an excess of Omega 3 fats, which have been proven to catalyze brain development. The researchers also found that the children born to women with wider hips are intellectually superior to the children of slimmer, less curvy mothers.
‘This protective effect is independent of weight. However, if you put on weight, thigh circumference will increase but your waist circumference will also increase, which over-rides the protective effect.’
However not all fat is healthy. For example, fat stored in the stomach is harmful because it sends fatty contents throughout the body, whereas fat in the lower body tends to be more stable.
‘Control of body weight is still the best way to stay healthy, and the advice remains the same: it is important to eat less and exercise more,’ cautions Professor Konstantinos Manolopoulos.