A recent study conducted by the University of Oxford has shown that women with big butts are not only healthier, but also smarter than women with a backside that is “average.” Smarter and more resistant to chronic illness? It looks like Sir Mix-A-Lot was onto something after all.
The results of this somewhat odd study show that women who have a bit more bounce in their booty are not just carrying extra weight, but protection from diabetes, heart disease, and additional disorders that are associated with obesity.
While it may sound a little backwards, there is actual science behind it. The study showed that those who carry the fat in their body in their lower bodies (think thighs and butt) are carrying much more than just fat. What they hold instead is lower levels of cholesterol and a better chance at producing hormones to metabolize sugar.
The Best Place to Store Fat? In Your Booty, of Course.
According to Dr. Michael Jensen, director of endocrine research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, if you’re going to carry fat in the body the best place for it to be is in the lower body. He says, “If you look at people who have primarily the pear shape, they’re healthy in all the ways this fat behaves. It’s not just less heart attacks and diabetes, it’s all these ways we think about fat as an important organ for our body.”
We all tend to store fat in different places in our bodies, and as Dr. Robert Kushner, obesity specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago puts it, all “fat depots are not the same in the body.” He explains that the fat that is stored in the stomach is different than the fat stored in the lower body because it is more “metabolically active” while fat in the lower body tends to be more stable.
What exactly is going on in the fat stored in a big butt? Well, having a big booty supports leptin levels in the female body, which is a hormone that is responsible for regulating weight. Dinopectina, a hormone that contains anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic attributes is also more prevalent in big-butted beauties.
Adipose tissue is one of the main types of connective tissues in the body, whose main role is to store energy in the form of fat. It also cushions and protects the body, trapping harmful particles and protecting the body from cardiovascular disease.
Are Women with Big Butts Really Smarter?
Having a bit more junk in the trunk may also lead to increased intelligence. The excess amount of Omega fatty-3s that is found in excess fat cells has been proven to increase brain development. Great to know if you’ve got a little more going on in your backside.
Not only do big butted women hold the capacity to be more intelligent, but their children may be smarter as well. The research conducted in this study also concluded that the children of women with bigger butts may be smarter than those of women who hold less fat.
Fat Isn’t Always Going to Store in Your Butt
While having a big butt may help reduce the risk of certain diseases and make you more intelligent, there really isn’t any rush to go out and eat a dozen donuts in hope they’ll stick around in the form of a bigger booty. You can’t exactly “tell” the fat where it needs to go on your body.
Different women store fat in different areas and directing where your fat goes isn’t really an option. Your genetics largely determine where your fat is going to end up. If your mother has a booty that would make J-Lo jealous, you’re in luck. If on the other hand, she stores fat in her stomach, chances are that’s where yours will end up too.
What about the skinny girls that don’t have as much in their rear as their big-booty buddies? There’s no evidence that shows that just because a girl doesn’t have a big bottom or a pear-shaped figure that she is going to be any less healthy. If you’re at a healthy thin weight, you’re still going to be as healthy as someone who’s got a little more in her derriere.
Who knew bringing booty back was such a good idea after all?