Scientists from the University of Oxford have discovered an interesting link between women’s derriere’s and their level of intelligence, as well as the hidden health benefits of having body fat gravitate more towards the lower half of the body, as opposed to the top and middle. It turns out that bottom-heavy, pear-shaped women have superior benefits in the health and intelligence department when compared to their apple-shaped counterparts.
According to Professor Konstantinos Monolopoulos, who heads up the team at the University, 16000 women were analyzed and the results have proven that those with larger butts have higher IQ’s and lower levels of cholesterol and glucose, which makes them far less likely to develop chronic disease.
Scientists from the Churchill Hospital in the UK as well as medical professionals from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, have also confirmed this finding, even adding that children born to women with larger, wider hips have been found to be smarter and healthier than those born to smaller, less curvy women.
How is intelligence linked to body shape?
Having a big butt requires maintenance, which usually includes a steady supply of healthy fats, such as Omega 3’s. These fatty acids are known to improve brain function, cognitive performance and memory retention, which leads to higher overall intelligence. When children are born to mothers with wider hips and larger butts, the continuous source of rich, healthy fats helps to support brain development, resulting in higher levels of intelligence right from birth.
How does a larger butt benefit overall health?
With the regular intake of healthy fats, it has been found that women with larger butts have lower levels of cholesterol, which helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes. Fat distribution has been proven to play a vital role in reducing the risk of developing chronic disease, which is why belly fat is so often targeted as the marker for a required change in lifestyle.
Adipose tissue stored in the thighs and butt are also linked to trapping harmful fatty particles, which helps to prevent damage to the heart and brain. Furthermore, it has been found that a bigger butt means a higher leptin level, a hormone which is responsible for balancing weight and inflammation throughout the body.
Does this mean that fatter is better than thinner?
Dr. Michael Jenson, director of endocrine research at the Mayo clinic, confirms: “If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body.” However, this does not mean that you have to carry fat to be smarter and healthier; you simply need to ensure that your diet includes healthy fats, such as the Omega 3’s found in nuts, seeds, fish, and natural oils.
What if I’m apple-shaped?
If you carry weight primarily around your waist, it might be time to re-think your lifestyle. Studies have linked belly fat to an increase in a host of health risks, such as developing heart disease, diabetes, and hormonal imbalance. However, it is always advisable to consult with a medical health professional to help you get back on track to being your healthiest and brainiest self.