Surprising Reason Big Butts Are Healthy


Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have all ranked among the world’s top 10 fattest nations with ballooning obesity rates and an explosion of associated diseases. But there’s an upside to oversize: scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford have discovered that – no buts about it! – women with larger than average backsides are increasingly resistant to chronic illness.

Now data gleaned from 16,000 women found that those with daunting derrieres tend to have lower cholesterol levels and are more likely to produce sugar-metabolizing hormones, lessening the likelihood that they’ll develop diabetes or heart disease.

Maintaining a rump of Kardashian proportions also requires an excess of Omega 3 fats, proven to catalyze brain development. Researchers discovered that this “smart-ass” phenomenon extends to the offspring of wide-hipped women, the kids tested as intellectually superior to the children of skinny-boned moms. (Save Beyonce’s Blue Ivy a seat at the front of the class. Heavy money that J-Lo’s twins will be Nobel Laureates. )

Turns out that junk in your trunk comes with higher levels of  leptin, a hormone that regulates weight, and dinopectina, a hormone with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and anti-diabetic attributes. In addition, the butt’s adipose tissue helps trap harmful fat particles, further preventing cardiovascular disease.

Eyeonthenut cites similar studies conducted by universities in California and Pittsburgh that discovered that women with bigger butts, wide hips and smaller waists may even live longer.

The world’s adult population is getting increasingly fatter, with scientists warning that rising numbers of obese people will stress world resources as much as another billion people would, causing a major threat to global food security.

According to a research report published by BMC Public Health, “Increasing biomass will have important implications for global resource requirements, including food demand, and the overall ecological footprint of our species.”

Putting a leash on population fatness will be critical to ecological sustainability and food security.

Seek the balance in these contradictory facts and strive for Rubenesque curviness, not corpulence.

Image of a chubby baby from Shutterstock

About Laurie Balbo

At university, she was annoyed that her architecture degree was called a Bachelor of Environmental Design. As a working architect, she was annoyed that projects weren’t designed with more environmental consideration. She’s a usually-annoyed architect and sustainability specialist who hopes that venting her frustrations will make a positive environmental difference. Her husband just hopes it makes her less annoyed. Born in the United States, Laurie has managed design and managed construction of ports and airports in New York, Dublin and now Amman. She blogs on knitting and other arcane topics at Laurie can be reached at [email protected]

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