Science finally brings some good news for all those curvaceous women that struggle to lose butt and thighs fat.
The newest research led by Oxford University professors introduces rather relieving evidence about the correlation of lower body fat, health and intelligence.
It is a well-known fact that the amount of fat stored in the human body is one of the important indicators of one’s health condition. But apparently, more important than how much body fat you have, is where you have it.
Namely, women with the so called “pear type” of body have proved to be not only generally healthier, but also smarter as well.
According to Konstantinos Manolopoulous, one of the leading scholars of the Oxford’s study “the idea that body fat distribution is important to health has been known for some time.”
The novelty brought by the research is the information on how lower body fat contributes to the improvement of one’s overall health condition.
Lower body fat keeps the fatty acids further from the heart, the main arteries, and the liver, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Unlike “apple shaped” women with more upper body and belly fat, women with larger behind report lower levels of cholesterol and glucose.
It is associated with two hormones: leptin and dinopectina.
Leptin is a hormone that controls the appetite and generally, the overall body weight. Bodies of curvaceous woman maintain a healthier level of leptin, which makes it easier for their brain to pick up the signals of fullness and avoid overeating.
Consequently, these women have smaller chances of becoming obese. On the other hand, dinopectina is a hormone responsible for controlling the vascular condition and preventing diabetes.
Moreover, woman with high levels of lower body fat have higher levels of omega 3 acids, which is associated with brain activity and intelligence.
Omega 3 acids help fight depression, improve cognitive abilities and enhance behavioral function. Therefore, these people are smarter and in a better overall mental condition.
According to The US National Institute of Health, Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial fatty acids that must be part of their daily intake. The right amount of intake of Omega-3 fatty acids is indispensably an important aspect of the retina and fetal brain.
In addition, they also have a great impact in shaping the stretch of development and averting perinatal depression. Ergo, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid are the most naturally dynamic forms of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in algae and seafood.
A similar study by US National Library of Medicine shows that women with more fat in the lower parts of their bodies give birth to children with higher IQ, as their brain development is supported by higher amounts of Omega-3 acids during the pregnancy period.
On the contrary, upper body fat has a negative effect on the polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are crucial to brain-growth development. Therefore, the waist-hip ratio has become an imperative measure of cognitive capacity.
Dr. Michael Jensen, director of the research center in Rochester’s Mayo Clinic that devoted year on the issue, argues: “If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body”.