Curvier women have cleverer kids, says new study
How curvy is your mum?
Curvy women rejoice – American professors claim mums with bigger thighs and bums have smarter children.
New research found larger women are better suited to developing their babies’ brains, especially during breastfeeding.
So if you have a voluptuous mum it’s likely you’re quite clever.
They also say they have solved a long-standing biological riddle about why women tend to be fatter than men.
Scientists revealed the ability of women to retain nutrient-rich fat reserves on their legs and bums was vital in the development of a baby’s brain development – meaning curvier women are better suited to have kids.
Prof Will Lassek at Pittsburgh Uni said: “The fat in these areas is a depot for building a baby’s brain.
“You need lots of fat to make a nervous system and the fats in these areas are also enriched in docosahexaenoic acid, which is a particularly important component in the human brain.
“It’s always been a mystery why women have so much fat. Mammals and primates typically have about five to ten per cent body fat, but in human women that rises to 30 per cent on average.
“It looks as if women have evolved to accumulate these fats and hold on to them – until a baby arrives.”