Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Reason to love Curves

It is already known that curvaceous women live longer and that men find them more attractive but the new research suggests that they are also cleverer.

The study shows that men who admire women with hourglass figures do so because they are more intelligent and, therefore, produce more intelligent children than waif-like women or those of “apple-shaped” proportions.

Rachel Weisz, the naturally curvy Oscar-winning actress, completed an English degree at Cambridge before she headed for Hollywood.

Scientists found that a woman’s hips and thighs contained omega-3 fatty acids, which help nurture both mother and baby’s brains during pregnancy. Fat around the waist, however, contains higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which does not help brain growth.

“Shapely hips and thighs hold essential nutrients that nurse brains and could produce smart kids, too,” said one researcher, Steven Gaulin, of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

His colleague, William Lassek, from the University of Pittsburgh, said: “Men respond because it’s reproductively important.”

Scientific studies have consistently demonstrated that men through the ages have found women with hourglass figures more attractive. A study published this year found that as far back as the ancient Egyptians men have sought out curvaceous women. However, the reason for the attraction has never been conclusively proven.

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