Big Butts a Sign of Good Health!

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Ladies, when you look at yourself in the mirror, what kind of fruit do you see? Is your body shaped more like an apple or a pear? If you tend to carry fat through your hips and thighs, you are a pear. You are also in luck! What's so lucky about being bottom-heavy? According to new research out of Harvard Medical School, that buttock and hip fat may actually be protecting you against type 2 diabetes.

Researchers say that while those with apple shaped bodies - where fat is stored in the midsection - were found to be more prone to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, pear-shaped bodies were less likely to suffer from these disorders.

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Scientists have known for some time that there are different types of fat that accumulate in our bodies. "The surprising thing was that it wasn't where the fat was located, it was the kind of fat that was the most important variable," said researcher Dr. Ronald Kahn. "Even more surprising, it wasn't that abdominal fat was exerting negative effects but that subcutaneous fat was producing a good effect."

To be honest, I am a little confused by the details offered by Dr. Kahn. But any study that tells me it is okay to have a big butt is one I am happy to embrace.

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