It’s all about big booties, thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez.
And now women with a sizeable rump are back in the spotlight! Scientists have discovered there’s actually a major benefit women with well-endowed booties have. They are more likely to have smarter children.
Here’s what they found…
Women with larger booties are more likely to have offspring with a higher IQ
Researchers at the University of Oxford found in one study that women with large fat reserves on their legs and buttocks are more intelligent and healthier than women with smaller booties.
What’s more, another part of the study reveals that there is a correlation between a woman’s butt size and her offspring’s IQ. Those with bigger bottoms are more likely to have smarter children.
Experts believe this is because of the higher levels of ‘good’ fatty acids, including Omega-3, in the bodies of women with bigger bottoms.
Babies in the women need these fatty acids to help their brains develop properly. These ‘fat banks’ are believed to play a vital role in fuelling the development of a baby’s brain in the womb and also while being breastfed.
The fats in a mother’s breast milk has been found to come from the lower part of the body, so babies who have mums with larger behinds get a lot more Omega 3.
Professor Will Lassek, a public health epidemiologist at Pittsburgh University in the United States, told The Sunday Times: “The fat 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.
“It has always been a complete mystery why women have so much fat. Mammals’ and primates’ bodies typically have about 5% to 10% of fat but in human women that rises to 30% on average. This is similar to the levels seen in bears going into hibernation or whales living in cold Arctic seas. Women have traded muscle for fat so they are about a third as strong.
“During nursing, the ‘fat bank’ is mobilised so the DHA stored there becomes available for the growing brain.
“About 80% of the DHA needed by a baby’s brain comes from a mother’s stored fat. Less than 1% of body fat is DHA so a lot of fat has to be shifted. That’s why lactating women may lose a pound of fat a month.”
While these findings are extremely interesting, experts highlight that intelligence isn’t solely down to how much junk your mum had in her trunk. There are other factors that can determine someone’s intelligence.
Scientists are definitely NOT suggesting women go out and eat fatty food to help boost their booty. If anything, quite the opposite!
They urge women to stay active, healthy to help ensure their kids develop healthily in the womb.
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