Got Junk in the Trunk? Lucky You.

alg_pear_woman_backviewFor all the girls out there who may be insecure about their curvy bodies and big butts, rejoice—medical experts say that carrying extra weight on your hips, butt and thighs is good for your health. The preference for big, shapely behinds over flat bottoms is now backed up by science too. In a society where more and more teens are developing eating disorders and depression, it’s refreshing to hear a study that gives you a reason to embrace your body. According to the International Journal of Obesity, having some junk in the trunk can help protect you against developing heart disease, pre-diabetes and diabetes. That's why no matter how often or rigorously you exercise, it may be harder to lose fat in your hip, thigh and butt area, because your body works to maintain a healthy weight.

The study also said that plastic surgeons are working on ways to redistribute fat from your midsection to your butt. Experts say that when fat is broken down quickly, it builds in your stomach area, where it releases cytokines, which are hormones in your body that trigger inflammation and are linked to heart disease. But with slower fat burning in your hips, the hormone adiponectin can protect your arteries, help control your blood sugar levels and burn fat faster. Therefore it's healthier to have a "pear-shaped" body than an "apple-shaped" body. As lead researcher Dr. Konstantinos Manolopoulos of Oxford University said, "It is shape that matters and where the fat gathers...Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you but around the tummy is bad." So for all you (lucky) ladies with big behinds, here's another reason to appreciate your curves!

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