The modern fashion culture has been emphasizing slender women for many years now. Some would say that the fashion industry glamorizes anorexia. This media-driven “ideal” has influenced how women of all ages view themselves and the actions that many women take to try to conform to this ideal. But is a “skinny” body really ideal for women?
Not so say scientists. Julie Wilson writes,
“Not only does having a larger derriere boost overall health, but it’s tied to increased intelligence and lower risk of chronic disease, according to researchers at the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the United Kingdom.
“Fat distribution is important, say researchers, and if you’re going to have some, it’s best to have it below the waist, as it helps to serve as a barrier against heart disease, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.”
That’s right, ladies, the skinny girl next to you (I’ll refrain from using the title from a recently popular book series) literally may not be as intelligent or healthy as you. A key, however, is where that “extra weight” is located. Wilson continues,
“Comparing your body shape to that of a fruit can help you identify whether or not you’re on the right track. If you’re pear-shaped, you’re probably in a good place, researchers say. If you’re apple-shaped, you may want to embark on a healthier lifestyle.
“Individuals with belly fat have more obesity-related problems than those who carry extra weight on their hips, thighs and butt.”
Also, in regards to intelligence, Wilson notes,
“Maintaining a larger behind requires significant amounts of Omega 3 fats, which are proven to boost brain function, memory and cognitive abilities. Research also shows that children born to women with wide hips are more intelligent compared to those conceived by thinner and less curvy mothers.”
Essentially, what it comes down to is that having some weight on your behind can indicate higher intelligence levels, but that weight on your belly can indicate, or even cause, metabolism-related health issues such as those tied to diabetes. Therefore, women with belly fat may want to seriously consider ways to decrease fat in this area and look into lifestyle changes to prologue their lives.