If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about having a sizeable derriere, no need. Not only does a little “junk in the trunk” look aesthetically appealing to many (despite the poor phrasing), but now there’s something else to celebrate. Turns out, women with big butts are smarter and healthier than the rest, according to a new study out of the prestigious University of Oxford.
After studying data from over 16,000 women, it was determined that women with some extra padding in the back tend to have lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, meaning they’re way less likely to suffer from serious health conditions such a diabetes and heart disease. Not only that, but these women also naturally produce higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which aids in brain function. Plus, if all that wasn’t enough, these women also have high levels of the hormone dinopectina, another anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetes helper.
This is good news all-around and further proves that weight isn’t necessarily an indicator of good health. While excess fat around the stomach area carries higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and obesity-related health complications, it has the exact opposite effect when it’s below the waist, and that’s encouraging — especially for those of us carrying a bit more weight there.