If you couldn’t figure out why you could never lose enough weight, don’t worry. A study claims that the larger deposits of fat layers in women are there for a very important purpose – to help your child’s brain develop.
Professor Will Lassek, a public-health epidemiologist at Pittsburgh University, Pennsylvania, explains that fat areas around the thighs, butt, and hips, serve as a “depot for building the baby’s brain.”
The creation of the nervous system of the child depends on the DNA-rich fats that are stored in the curvy hips, butt, and thighs, he says, and this fat is lost during breastfeeding. What is more, “women have traded muscle for fat,” he explains, and they lose around one pound of fat a month when breastfeeding.
This fat is essential for the development of the child’s brain and Lassek sees an evolutionary connection between the enlargement of our brains and the addition of fat layers in women.
Over the course of five million years, the human brain has tripled in size, so to keep up with the demands of the babies’ brains, women have also evolved to hold more fat reserves.
Furthermore, women are not the only ones who have taken on appropriate evolutionary traits for this change.
David Bainbridge, a reproductive biologist at Cambridge University, explains that the latest findings could point to the reason as to why men are more attracted to curvy women. Although unaware of it, this attraction has got a lot to do with the creation of more intelligent offspring.
He also supports Lassek in the finding that the necessary brain-building breast-milk lipids come largely from the fat stored in the thighs and buttocks. This means, women with larger thighs and posteriors are more likely to raise smarter children.
This is the reason why you don’t need to be nervous about being curvy – the anorexic trend has died away a long time ago anyway. And what is more, men are evolutionary conditioned to like curvier women with big butts.