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Study distorted? Does a big butt make you healthier and smarter?


Distorted study results: Big butt doesn't make you smarter or healthier
As in previous years, an older study is currently being reported, which supposedly shows that women with big butts would be healthier and smarter. But the results of the investigation are shown distorted.

Distorted study results
A large buttocks is considered particularly attractive in some cultures, but most women in western countries - often to no avail - try to do something about the undesirable shape of their buttocks. Messages such as "A big butt makes you smarter" or "A big butt is good for your health" often have a balm effect on your soul: The curves therefore have a positive effect. However, such claims relate to a study that has been distorted for years.

Women with big butts should be healthier and smarter
Various media reports in recent years have repeatedly claimed that a study by the “University of Oxford” in Great Britain came to the conclusion that women with large butts and a little bacon on the thighs and hips were healthier.

Accordingly, the extra layer of fat in the so-called problem areas reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. This is justified by the fact that hormones with a corresponding protective effect are produced in the fat cells at the bottom.

In addition, women with a big butt are more intelligent, as is also reported in the "Cosmopolitan", citing the scientists mentioned.

Study was published in 2010
However, on the website “snopes.com”, which deals, among other things, with the formation of legends and Internet rumors, it is pointed out that the reporting on the scientific work is “strongly distorted”.

According to the information, the various media have for years referred to the study "Gluteofemoral Body Fat as a Determinant of Metabolic Health", which was published in 2010 in the specialist journal "International Journal of Obesity".

Pear type versus apple type
At the time, the researchers from the University of Oxford had found in a review - not in a study, as "snopes.com" emphasizes - that a gluteofemoral fat distribution (love handles on the thighs and buttocks) - also known as "pear type" - had fewer health risks than the abdominal fat distribution ("apple type") entails.

This has also been shown in studies before and after. Just like that a high percentage of body fat is generally associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and heart attack as well as diabetes.

According to “snopes.com”, however, the “International Journal of Obesity” “definitely” did not find that women with big butts are “healthier” or “smarter” than other women. (ad)

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