Fat Thighs Rock!

Suzanne Murray

fat thighs heathierThis is the best news I've heard all week: People with "thicker" thighs live longer than those with thin thighs. Woo hoo!

A new study in the British Medical Journal says that there may be an increased risk of premature death related to thigh size. Researchers examined 3,000 men and women and then checked in on them for more than 12 years.

Men and women whose thighs were less than 24 inches in circumference were more likely to die during that time. Those with the thinnest thighs (less than 18 inches) were more than twice likely to have died.

Researchers say the explanation may have something to do with where people gain weight. In general, apple-shaped people tend to have more abdominal fat and are at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments. Pear-shaped individuals, like me, have lower risks of those diseases (even if they have more body fat overall).

So, for today anyway, I'm loving my not-so-perfect thighs.

Are you an "apple" or a "pear"? Do you like your shape? How do you feel about the results of this study?

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