Because if this is true, then to hell with dieting. I’m not going to try to fit into my high-school size anymore. (I’ll still exercise because it makes me feel better, though.)
Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests.
Researchers studied 16,000 women and girls and found the more voluptuous performed better on cognitive tests – as did their children.
The bigger the difference between a woman’s waist and hips the better.
Researchers writing in Evolution and Human Behaviour speculated this was to do with fatty acids found on the hips.
In this area, the fat is likely to be the much touted Omega-3, which could improve the woman’s own mental abilities as well as those of her child during pregnancy.
Men respond to the double enticement of both an intelligent partner and an intelligent child, the researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and California said.
Well, I’m not planning on having any kids (sorry, guys!), but otherwise, this is great news for me. I have a small waist and big hips. Just like my mother before me, and her mother before her, and…
Oh yeah, and I also have an IQ in the top 1% of the world’s population. I was in Mensa all through university. Go figure!
Anyone who’s ever read Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, or Kim Chernin’s The Hungry Self, will already have gathered that anorexia is bad for the brain. It stands to reason: starving yourself will eat your brain. And yes, fat is most assuredly a feminist issue. Especially if it makes a woman both brainy and sexy–thus busting at least two myths. Women are commonly believed to be either one or the other, but not both, and especially not if they’re not built like supermodels. Take that, O ye waifs.
Now, if you’ll pardon me, I think I’ll have a little snack. My big, beautiful brain deserves it.