Pear Shaped Women, Big Butts and Thunder Thighs Can Be Healthy!

Female bodybuilder with a pear shaped bodyIt is not often that we hear that carry more than the average amount of fat can be good for you, but recent research by The Harvard Medical School has revealed that this is the case.

Body fat found under the skin, and particularly on your bum, may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The fat found under the skin and on the bum is subcutaneous fat, and is different to the fat found around the internal organs, which is visceral fat.


Visceral fat (also known as belly fat) is the cause of ill health, whereas a fat bum may be the sign of good health. It is thought subcutaneous fat may produce hormones known as adipokines which boost the metabolism. This in turn burns more of the dangerous fatty tissue off, leaving lean muscle and good fatty tissue.

Dr David Haslam, of the National Obesity Forum, said the results of the research highlight the problems with using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a way to assess whether somebody was unhealthily overweight, as it did not differentiate between different types of fat.

So it may be a case that of the many women that are classed as overweight by the BMI scale due to fatty deposits that have accumulated on their backside, many may actually be of a healthy weight.

Women Have More Subcutaneous Fat Than Men

Women have a tendency to lay down more subcutaneous fat, particularly on their legs and buttocks than men. So although toning bums, tums and thighs is often a key goal for many women trying to improve their fitness and physique, a bit of extra fat there may be helping to ward off diabetes in later life.

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of the charity Weight Concern, said:

If there is something about subcutaneous fat which is protective, and actually decreases insulin resistance, this could help open up a whole new debate on the precise role fat has on our metabolism.”

And once again, the work and research of Dr. Atkins comes to mind. Fat can be healthy, and a diet high in fat may actually help to control insulin, control weight and prevent heart disease and diabetes – the two main problems associated with the obesity epidemic.

Pear Shaped Women Are Healthy, Say Harvard Scientists

This may come as a surprise to most people, but women that have a curvier figure are not only natural but healthier than the super slim women that many people aspire to look like. The fat that is stored on the hips, thighs and butt helps to protect the body from developing clogged arteries. Well, actually the research said that pear shaped women are “at less risk“. There is quite a difference.

Women really should look to tone the muscles in the butt, hips and thighs, and lose enough weight to ensure that they are not holding visceral fat around the internal organs. Fat under the skin, which is the cause of larger butt, thighs and hips, is not a health risk and when toned makes you look curvier.

The health benefits of fat are so great that the International Journal of Obesity has suggested that future therapies to help reduce heart disease in women could involve promoting the accumulation of fatty tissue in these areas.

Also it is worth pointing out that it is easier for most women to shift weight from the stomach area than from the thighs. This is seen as a sign that it is there as a protective layer. Also, when fat is burned off it releases molecules called cytokines which can cause inflammation, which is another cause of heart disease.

This discovery, or strengthening or previous theories, puts more weight on the suggestion that rather than measure a persons body mass index alone to determine if they are overweight, we should measure their waist circumference. A big stomach is unhealthy, so learn how to lose that fat! Although saying that, the final remarks are than a BMI of over 25 is overweight and poses greater risk of a variety of illnesses.

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  8 comments for “Pear Shaped Women, Big Butts and Thunder Thighs Can Be Healthy!

  1. Dr. Senthil
    April 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “Fat can be healthy, and a diet high in fat may actually help to control insulin, control weight and prevent heart disease and diabetes”- actually this is a matter for a debate. I can’t accept this fact…

  2. MotleyHealth
    April 10, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I think that it is actually a matter of science, not debate. OK, a low carbohydrate diet controls insulin, but that must include more protein and fat to compensate.

  3. raj chavan
    May 16, 2009 at 7:39 am

    how can i reduce my bums and stumak inches. please reply

  4. MotleyHealth
    May 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Well, buttocks can respond well to exercise, so plenty of squats and lunges. Stomach is harder, diet is often the key to losing stomach fat.

  5. Sarah
    April 30, 2010 at 2:24 am

    thank you so much. i wanted to know why pear shapes, like me, were healthier. =]

  6. MotleyHealth
    June 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    All down to where the fat is stored. Although being very pear shaped may disguise a build up of belly fat, so be careful! Everyone that can should exercise on a regular basis to stay healthy.

  7. Mel
    March 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Hi, I just wanted to know how to get rid off cellulite from my buttocks and legs…i’m trying on working to loose that flab in my but and legs as well as get skinny, spaced legs however, the cellulite just makes me feel inconfident.
    As well do u know any ways to get rid off old marks/scars from my legs, i really want flawless skin and i feel inconfident as well as a result of this…any assistance would sincerely be appreciated! thank u sooo much!

  8. MotleyHealth
    March 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    A tricky one Mel. Healthy diet and exercise is the key really, almond oil can help with stretch marks.

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