Women with a large posterior (or “dat booty” in layman’s terms) might be smarter and healthier than their skinny-thighed counterparts.
This certain-to-please news comes from researchers at the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the United Kingdom. Basically, scientists who have been thinking about butts for a while determined that people who carry more fat in their rear are also carrying extra protection against diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with obesity, reports ABC News.
Women with bigger butts also tend to have lower cholesterol and their bodies are better equipped to produce hormones that metabolize sugar.
“If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body,” said Dr. Michael Jensen, director of endocrine research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“If you look at people who have primarily the pear shape, they’re healthy in all the ways that this fat behaves. It’s not just less heart attacks or less diabetes, it’s all these ways we think about fat as an important organ for our health.”
Here’s where things get weird: Having a bigger butt actually might mean you’re smarter, too.
Elite Daily points out an interesting implication of the report: That having a big butt requires more Omega 3 fats, which have been proven in other studies to catalyze brain development. Researchers have also found that children born to curvy women tend to be smarter than those born to skinny moms.
Women with bigger butts might actually live longer, too.
But don’t run off to grab the ice cream just yet… researchers pointed out that whether or not you have a big butt is not something you can really choose.
“You can’t direct or drive the fat in one part of your body versus another,” said Dr. Robert Kushner, a professor medicine specializing in obesity at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “For the average person on the street, it’s determined by genetics.”
But hey, don’t worry. Even if you’re skinny, the science is still unclear on whether having a big booty is healthier than just being thin.
“If you’re a healthy thin weight, you’re going to be every bit as healthy as someone who has weight, but has all the weight in the lower body,” Jensen added.
All this says to me is that Sir Mix-a-Lot was really only interested in personality.