Big Butts Can Fight Heart Disease

Big Butts Can Fight Heart Disease

Until recently having a big round derriere had been viewed as something negative but thanks to celebrities it’s in style.  Now you can add scientists to that list of big booty advocates.

A recent study at the University of Oxford in England suggests that having extra fat around the butt, hip and thigh area will help in the fight against heart disease.

No I am not joking.

Harvard University is also promoting the thick bottom as a positive attribute when they state that it helps to stave off type 2 diabetes. That means the likes of Serena Williams, Janet Jackson, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez — whose very pronounced assets have been the subject of countless media chatter and ogling — can finally claim the fat in their celebrated cabooses aids their quest for optimum health.

The study goes as far as to state that fat in the butt region might even help with weight loss in other parts of the body, says Dr. Ronald Kahn. The Harvard team injected butt fat into research mice’s stomach areas, producing “decreased body weight and total fat mass and lower glucose and insulin levels.” Details of the study were printed in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Both studies issue a stern warning against obesity. They say unequivocally that only the fat in buttocks is good. “Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you,” Manopolous said, “but around the tummy is bad.”

Kahn added that the fat often associated with a “beer belly” is very different from the fat located in a person’s rear. “The surprising thing was that it wasn’t where the fat was located, it was the kind of fat that was the most important variable,” Kahn said. “Even more surprising, it wasn’t that abdominal fat was exerting negative effects, but that subcutaneous fat [from the gluteus maximus] was producing a good effect.

Though more research is needed, Kahn’s excitement is evident. “I think it’s an important result,” he added. “Because not only does it say that not all fat is bad, but I think it points to a special aspect of fat where we need to do more research.

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  1. Jlynne

    January 22, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I remember learning in college that female bodies have different types of fat. Something about why we seem more prone to saddle bags (especially when pregnant) and why cellulite creams worked on our thighs-different fat for different reasons. Fat on the thighs was related to supporting pregnancy and lactation. This seems to support those ideas and concur with the idea that a pear-shaped body is “healthier” in comparison to an apple-shaped body. (And I secretly cant help but be pleased that I can now say my booty is healthy for me)

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