Research shows link between buttock size and intelligence

Research shows link between buttock size and intelligence
Research shows link between buttock size and intelligence

A new study explores the issue: "Are fat-bottomed girls smarter?" Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Santa Barbara put it scientifically: "Is gluteofemoral fat a privileged store of neurodevelopmental resources?"

According to the Chicago Tribune, the answer is a resounding "yes." And there is icing on the cake. Researchers claim that broad-bottomed women also have smarter children.

In a study of more than 16,000 women, the curvy girls consistently outscored their skinny counterparts on intelligence tests. And there is icing on the cake. Children of curvier women outscored the children of slender moms too.

However, it is not simply a big butt that indicates a high IQ. What matters is the size of your hips in relation to the size of your waist.

Here's the theory behind these findings: Fat stored around the buttocks and thighs is high in omega-3 acids, which promote brain growth, while fat stored around the middle is loaded with omega-6 acids, which just makes your pants too tight.

If you're a pear-shaped woman, it's time to celebrate. With a "pear" or "hourglass" shape, you have greater reserves of omega-3, which nourishes your brain and is essential to fetal brain development in the third trimester of pregnancy.

To see how your body rates in terms of omega-3, divide your waist size by your hip size. The smaller your answer, the better. For example, Jennifer Lopez aces it. At a 26 waist and 39 hips, she is a .67.

If you take this one step further, you might ask: "Why is J. Lo such a hot item?" One theory that has been posited is that men have a biological urge to create intelligent children, so they respond lustfully to broad-bottomed women without consciously knowing why. However, that could be a stretch.

What is for sure is that the number of buttock lift surgeries has been steadily increasing. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports an increase of 136 percent in buttock lift surgeries from 1997 to 2012. Further, the desire for more prominent buttocks has spawned a huge industry of male and female underwear with built in buttock padding.