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Could having a big bum really reduce your risk of heart disease and other illnesses?

by , 20 August 2013

Believe it or not, some researchers believe having a big bum might have some health benefits. In fact, they think it could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and even some forms of cancer. We're not quite sure if we believe them and neither does Dr William Douglass of The Douglass Report. Here's why…

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that extra meat in your bum might be good for you as long as you’re not fat anywhere else.

Researchers believe lower body fat produces beneficial hormones that protect you against cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and cancer. In addition, this lower body fat also traps fatty acids, reports LiveScience.

Lead researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos of the University of Oxford in England is quoted as saying “the next step is to figure out how our bodies decide where to store fat, say, in the stomach versus the butt. Once this is understood then one could think about therapeutic approaches to make use of that. Maybe to make use [of it] in a preventive way by redistributing the fat.”

While researchers have explained the logic behind their findings, Dr William Douglass of The Douglass Report disagrees with this theory.

Here’s why Dr Douglass believes a fat butt doesn’t make you healthy

According to Dr Douglass, the theory that extra weight in your butt is healthy is pointless.

“When I see someone with a big bubble butt bouncing down the street, I don’t see a healthy human being, I see a heart attack waiting to happen. I can't think of a good reason to pack extra kilos on anywhere,” he says.

Dr Douglass goes as far as saying, you don’t need to add extra fat on your body unless you’re a dangerously underweight vegan and have recently switched back to beef.

The bottom line: Excess weight is bad for your health. You don’t need to add extra fat to your body to stay healthy. The only way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and cancer is to exercise and adopt a healthy diet.

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