Scientists at the University of Oxford like big butts. The study shows evidence that women with bigger backsides are more resistant to chronic illness.
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According to their results from 16,000 women, fat from the lower body produces hormones that metabolize sugars and other lipids. Abdominal fat secretes hormones with the opposite effect.
"The fact that body fat's distribution is quite important for your health has been known for some time now," Professor Konstantinos Manolopoulos said.
Manolopoulos leads the team at the Oxford Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (OCDEM). They published results in the International Journal of Obesity several years ago. Recently, several online sites have picked up the story and given it new life.
Manolopoulos said women with more fat on their bottoms have better leptin levels. That hormone regulates weight and helps prevent diabetes. It means those big butt women are less likely to have diabetes or heart disease.
The study also showed children born to women with wider hips were intellectually superior to women with slimmer hips. It could be due to Omega 3 fat levels. They've been proven to catalyze brain development.
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