Curvy Women Make Smarter Babies, According to Science
It’s amazing how our bodies can play a role in shaping our babies’ brains. A recent study has given us even more reasons to celebrate and value bodies of all shapes and sizes. It turns out that women with curvy bodies have a higher chance of having smarter kids, and we’ve gathered the reasons behind this interesting discovery.
Body fat can provide important nutrients.
It is generally accepted in scientific communities that intelligence is a complex interplay between genetic and environmental influences. Yet, factors such as prenatal care, maternal nutrition, and the overall environment in which a child grows up are known to significantly impact their cognitive abilities and intellectual development.
However, a recent study discovered a connection between women’s bodies and the intelligence of their kids. It’s super interesting to think about how our bodies might actually have an impact on our little ones’ brain development. It’s like discovering a whole bunch of new factors we never even thought about before.
According to a study conducted by Professor Will Lassek and his team at Pittsburgh University, they discovered an interesting connection between specific areas of a woman’s body and the transfer of intelligence to babies through breastfeeding. These areas, often referred to as “fat banks,” include the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
While the researchers clarify that they do not advocate for obesity as a healthy state, they do propose that having excess body fat can offer valuable nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, which are beneficial for the development of the fetal brain.
The more fat, the brighter the child.
“The fat in these areas is a depot for building a baby’s brain,” Professor Will Lassek states. “You need lots of fat to make a nervous system, and the fats in these areas are also enriched in DHA, which is a particularly important component in the human brain.
Lassek further elaborated that women have undergone evolutionary changes that enable them to store and preserve these “fats” until childbirth. Subsequently, when women nurse their babies, these fats, referred to as “brain-building, breast-milk lipids,” are released from the body, resulting in weight loss. “It looks as if women have evolved to accumulate these fats and hold on to them until a baby arrives.”
According to another professor, Bainbridge, a reproductive biologist at Cambridge University, “The brain-building, breast milk lipids (fats) are mainly sourced from the fat stored in a mother’s thighs and buttocks.”
He further adds that “Women with larger thighs have higher levels of these lipids, and there is even evidence suggesting that both they and their children may exhibit greater intelligence as a result.”
Embracing every body shape
Body image concerns and self-criticism are prevalent issues that affect many women in today’s society. One aspect that often receives substantial attention is the distribution of fat on a woman’s body, particularly around the hips.
Understanding and acknowledging the natural tendency for women to carry more weight around the hips is an important aspect of appreciating and embracing the diversity of female bodies. From an evolutionary and biological perspective, women’s bodies have developed this characteristic for specific reasons, as we have mentioned.
By recognizing the biological and evolutionary factors behind this characteristic, we can challenge societal beauty standards that impose narrow ideals on women’s bodies. Embracing and appreciating the natural diversity of women’s bodies can foster a culture of body positivity, self-acceptance, and empowerment.
Women are beautiful in all shapes. Self-love is key to embracing our bodies. Thus, many celebrities, especially curvy ones, promote body positivity to inspire everyone to love themselves.