Women with big bums and thighs give birth to more intelligent children

The development of a baby's brain relies on the supplies of fat held in its mothers thighs and buttocks, according to science.

Professors William Lassek and Steven Gaulin from the University of Pittsburgh have been studying bottoms and believe their findings could explain why women are traditionally curvier than their male counterparts.

In an interview with the Sunday Times (£), Prof Lassek explains that fats in these areas are utilised particularly during breastfeeding and may affect intelligence.

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 looks as if women have evolved to accumulate these fats and hold on to them — until a baby arrives.

  • Prof Lassek, University of Pittsburgh
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