Big Butts are Healthier: Women with Larger Lower Bodies More Resistant to Chronic Illness

First Posted: Oct 31, 2013 04:56 PM EDT

If you've got a big caboose, chances are it's a good sign according to a recent study from researchers at the University of Oxford.

They found that women with typically larger than average butts were increasingly intelligent and more resistant to chronic illness.

According to ABC News, the study found that women more well-endowed in the lower regions tended to have lower levels of cholesterol and were more likely to produce hormones to metabolize sugar. In other words, women with big butts are less likely to have diabetes or heart problems.

"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, Minn, via the news organization. "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." 

As having a big butt often requires an excess of Omega 3 fats, it may help to push brain development.

Study authors also found that children born to women with wider hips were sometimes intellectually superior to those with slimmer, smaller hips.

The team analyzed data from over 16,000 women and found that having a big behind also favors leptin levels in the female body-a hormone that's responsible for regulating weight. Findings also suggested that it helped produce dinopectina, a hormone with anti-inflammatory, vascular-protective and anti-diabetic attributes. 

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