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Old 12th November 2007   #4
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Default Re: Extra weight is healthy (study)

Here's another new discovery that adds to the equation of extra weight and health. According to a new study, full-figured women also give birth to healthier and more intelligent children:

Here's the pertinent info:

It is already known that curvaceous women live longer and that men find them more attractive but the new research suggests that they are also cleverer.

The study, to be published this week, shows that men who admire women with hourglass figures do so because they are more intelligent and therefore produce more intelligent children than waif-like women...

The scientists, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh...found that a woman's hips and thighs contained omega-3 f**ty acids, which help nurture both mother and baby's brains during pregnancy...

"Shapely hips and thighs hold essential nutrients that nurse brains and could produce smart kids, too," said one researcher, Steven Gaulin, of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

His colleague, William Lassek, from the University of Pittsburgh, said: "Men respond because it's reproductively important."

Scientific studies have consistently demonstrated that men through the ages have found women with hourglass figures more attractive.

A study published this year found that as far back as the ancient Egyptians men have sought out curvaceous women.

However, the reason for the attraction has never been conclusively proven. Many scientists believed that a shapely figure suggested to a man that a woman would be good at bearing children and have a longer life expectancy...

The research suggests that children born to teenagers do worse in cognitive tests because their mothers did not have enough of the omega-3 acids stored in their hips.

It's wonderful to hear, and it suggests yet another reason why models with generous hip measurements (Shannon Marie, Barbara Brickner, Valerie Lefkowitz, etc.) are wildly popular with fans.

There's a saying in fashion that "one day you're in, the next day you're out." Well, it's time the fashion industry realized that its own anorexic ideal is truly OUT.
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