My butt is big. Like, accidentally knock a glass off the edge of the table big. It takes up space on the couch, and the train, and the Universe. I can thank my Cuban heritage (and profound love of hot wings) for that. I have a love/hate relationship with my butt. It’s great to sit on, but it doesn’t like narrow airplane seats very much. It enjoys Will Smith’s greatest hits album just like I do, but it also makes buying jeans impossible. It is down for a victory twerk wherever, whenever–but it also gets me some unwanted attention. But in its defense, my kids will be super smart, all because of my butt.
Or at least, that’s what this new study from the University of Pittsburgh says. The study found that fat in women’s butts and thighs holds valuable “components” that are vital to the development of child’s nervous system.
The main component in question is docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, which is crucial to building a big sexy brain. The fat cells that hold DHA “mobilize” after you give birth, so you can feed your baby their precious nutrients in your breast milk. This is also, apparently, why you can lose up to a pound of fat a month while breastfeeding.
We already know that women with bigger butts and thighs tend to be healthier and smarter, but now we know our progeny will be too. So, if you ask me, it’s a pretty sweet deal.
Victory twerk, ladies?