Curvy moms with fat on their bottoms and thighs can now attest to the fact there's at least one good reason for this. A new study just released uncovers the reason why women have fat they don't want in these so-called "problem areas."
While it's well-known that women are naturally more curvy than men for reasons related to bearing children, more in-depth research explains the rationale of butts and thighs being so problematic for women -- even when they diet!
The study was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and conclusive evidence showed researchers that stubborn fat residing in the butt and thighs contain highly valuable components essential in the development of child's nervous system. Professor Will Lassek is a public health epidemiologist at the university and talked with the Sunday Times about the study. He cites the fat in a woman's butt and thighs are crucial to an infant's brain make-up, especially when breastfeeding.
'The fat in these areas is a depot for building a baby's brain.
"You need lots of fat to make a nervous system and the fats in these areas are also enriched in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which is a particularly important component in the human brain.
"It looks as if women have evolved to accumulate these fats and hold on to them - until a baby arrives."
Fat cells are also "mobilized" during pregnancy so the fetus can absorb the nutrients from them. This is thought to be a contributing factor as to why so much weight comes off while breastfeeding. Professor Lassek says this definitely accounts for fat loss while nursing.
"That's why lactating women may lose a pound of fat a month."
In a report by News.co.au, a new book, titled Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape, says there was evidence that "women with larger thighs had higher levels of brain-building breastmilk lipids." The book is written by David Bainbridge, a reproductive biologist at Cambridge University.
"There is even evidence that they and their children are more intelligent as a result," Bainbridge says.
Women have only a third of the muscle that men have, which is why it's far easier for men to lose weight. Fat mostly targets the belly area. Fat storage on women is centered on their bottoms and thighs and is near-impossible to get rid of when trying to lose weight.
The Inquisitr has an article directly related to this research. It was published in 2013, and has to do with research suggesting women with big butts are more intelligent themselves over the average or slimmer women. Research also concludes that they're more healthy.
This latest research will probably spur some debate over whether women with fatter bottoms and thighs produce more intelligent children.
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