Good news for anyone who has (or likes) a little “junk in the trunk” – science has confirmed that health wise — it’s a good thing.
Not only does having a bigger booty boost overall health, but it’s tied to lower risk of chronic disease and increased intelligence, according to researchers at the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the United Kingdom.
According to researchers, fat distribution is important, and if you’re going to have some, it’s best to have it below the waist. But why?
Most people don’t know that fat below the waist serves as a barrier against heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions linked to obesity.
“It is the protective role of lower body, that is [thigh and backside] fat, that is striking. The protective properties of the lower-body fat depot have been confirmed in many studies conducted in subjects with a wide range of age, BMI, and comorbidities,” scientists wrote in the Journal of Obesity.
What’s Your Shape?
So, how can you tell if your badonkadonk is on the right track?
Comparing your body shape to that of a fruit can help you identify whether your extra baggage is healthy or not.
If you’re pear-shaped, you’re probably in a good place, researchers say. If you’re apple-shaped, you may want to make some changes to move toward a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Robert Kushner, a professor of medicine specializing in obesity at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago says that fat depots are not the same throughout the body.
Belly fat “is more metabolically active,” explains Kushner, meaning it has a greater effect on the brain and overall body, compared to fat stored in the lower half, which tends to be more stable and invokes fewer cytokines or proteins associated with insulin resistance and the onset of diabetes.
“There’s a whole range of these hormonal markers that seem to be more preferentially released from the belly,” he adds.
What’s Leptin Got To Do With It?
“Having a big butt also favors leptin levels in the female body, which is a hormone responsible for regulating the weight, and the dinopectina, a hormone with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and antidiabetic attributes. The adipose tissue of the buttocks traps harmful fatty particles and prevents cardiovascular disease.”
Big Butt = Big Brains
Research also shows that children born to women with wide hips are more intelligent compared to those conceived by thinner and less curvy mothers. Why?
Because maintaining a larger behind requires significant amounts of Omega 3 fats, which are proven to boost brain function, memory, and cognitive abilities.
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