Calling all ladies with large derrieres: A recent study from the University of Oxford confirms that women with bigger butts are not just smarter; they’re healthier, too.
Here’s why: We already know that not all body fat is created equal. In fact, the way it’s distributed matters a lot. (Hello, bad-for-you belly fat.) But, according to researchers, lower body fat–say, the padding near your backside and thighs–can actually help protect against chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Huzzah!
This is because lower body fat traps and stores fatty acids–aka the dangerous fats that can lead to inflammation–and stabilizes them instead of sending them through your body to wreak havoc on your health.
Of course, the downside is all that extra junk in the trunk can be tough to whittle away. Still, if you’re going to have body fat, the pear-shaped variety is definitely the good kind.