New research suggests the fat responsible for producing the pear shape flaunted by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce may be active in protecting women from diseases by releasing certain hormones. Researchers at Harvard Medical School believe buttock and hip fat may protect women against type 1 diabetes.
We've been hearing for a long time now that different fats affect our health in different ways. People with the apple shape, where fat is stored around the tummy, can be more prone to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Those with pear-shaped bodies, where fat is collected in the buttocks, are less likely to have these disorders.
Researcher Dr Ronald Kahn insisted that not all fat was bad for health.
"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," he said. "Even more surprising, it wasn't that abdominal fat was exerting negative effects but that subcutaneous fat was producing a good effect.
No matter what size butt you have, the best thing you can do is keep it moving. Exercise is still the key ingredient to staying healthy.