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Big butts linked to better health, research shows

Big butts linked to better health, research shows

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If Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez haven't convinced you that junk in your trunk is a good thing, maybe research out of Oxford University will.

Scientists there found that round rears, thicker thighs and larger hips actively protect women against diabetes and heart disease.

Fat stored around the waist, on the other hand, is known to be harmful to your health.

Abdominal fat can lead to fatty acid deposits in other organs like the liver and muscle, which can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance and heart disease, the researchers said in a press release. But thigh fat traps fatty acids long-term, so they cannot be deposited and cause harm.

The report was published in the International Journal of Obesity. For more information, click here.

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