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ICYWW, The Size Of Your Butt Could Determine How Smart Your Children Are

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Meghan Trainor’sAll About That Bass’ song has really brought attention back to the booty, even though it has been consistently in the spotlight since ‘Baby Got Back.’ But now, there’s a scientific reason for backing it up big: a padded caboose a la Jennifer Lopez just might help build babies’ brains, says science.

In great news for every 5’3” girl with a 36-24-36 waistline, scientists say that curvy girls produce more intelligent children. Researchers at Pittsburgh University found that ‘fat banks’ in thicker thighs, hips and bums in women were vital for a baby’s development in the womb.

So I guess there’s another reason to give in to those pregnancy cravings, no?

The bad news is, some of us will never be voluptuous (read: me). But we can all rest assured knowing that there’s an actual reason why shedding weight from those ‘problem’ areas is so difficult…and this even justifies why the typical woman has 30 percent body fat, which is, eh, a little high. That number is similar to the levels seen in bears going into hibernation, or whales living in cold, Arctic seas—and while sometimes I eat enough on a Friday night to go into hibernation, it’s still a little aggressive.

Professor Will Lassek, a public health epidemiologist who led the study, explained ladies with larger stores of this fat are more likely to produce smarter children. Through breastfeeding, these ‘fat banks’ play a vital role in fueling the development of newborns’ brains:

‘You need lots of fat to make a nervous system, and the fats in these areas are also enriched in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is a particularly important component in the human brain.”

It’s pretty bizarre news, but I guess the takeaway is that second helpings are always a good idea.

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