I cannot lie?
Okay, I don’t know if I aspire to ‘quite a spread’ but I am here to tell you that things could be worse. In fact, if you’ve ‘got back’ you may be healthier than some women.
It seems that a large derriere and thighs may actually extend your life. The reason? Researchers say that fat particles that end up in these areas help trap harmful fatty acids in our diet.
Although they are unsure of the exact reasons why, researchers do say that unlike abdominal fat, which has been linked to metabolic syndrome, lower body fat, i.e., fat that accumulates in the thighs and backside, has actually been confirmed to play a protective role in the body. And, it not only stores unhealthy fatty acids, but may also release harmful compounds more slowly than say, abdominal fat.
So if you’ve got back, are you in the clear to eat whatever you want? Not so fast. Even though your derriere offer a protective role, there are other reasons to eat and stay healthy – not only to maintain optimal cholesterol levels, but also to counteract some of the natural effects of declining estrogen, such as weakening bones.
(The study appeared in the January 12 online edition of the International Journal of Obesity.)