The subtle relationship between figure and intelligence

A new study in the United States shows that women with “hourglass” figures with rich hips and thin waists are smarter than those with “apple” figures and “bucket” figures, and their children tend to have higher IQ. Scientists believe that women with “hourglass” figure may have more omega-3 fatty acids in their hips. The research results were published in the recent journal Evolution and human behavior.

ideal waist hip ratio

Previous scientific research found that men “inherently” like women with large differences in hip circumference and waist circumference. Although there are many theories that such women are easy to conceive, give birth and live long, no one can explain why men like women with good bodies.

Now, this new study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California, Santa Barbara, provides a possible answer. It is reported that researchers collected relevant data of 16000 women and girls, including their circumference and scores on cognitive tests.

The study found that women with large differences in waist circumference and hip circumference scored significantly higher in the test than women with small differences in waist circumference and hip circumference. In addition, their children also scored higher in the test. These women are not very thin, the key is that their waist circumference is much smaller than their hip circumference, and the ratio of waist circumference to hip circumference is between 0.6 and 0.7.

Researchers believe that women’s plump hips and thighs can store a lot of fat, which may contain more omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which are important for fetal brain development during pregnancy.

“curvaceous beauty” has physiological advantages

In contrast, waist fat contains omega-6 fatty acids, which are not suitable for fetal brain development. Fat in the waist may also cause * 25120 * and heart disease. Women who are too thin and those who are “bucket shaped” lack certain types of fat.

The researchers said that this also explains why men like women with curvy bodies from another angle. This study provides a physiological basis for men to like curvy women.

The report pointed out that if this study is true, then the plump and curvy Italian actress Sophia Loren is not only beautiful, but also more likely to have a high IQ. Nicole Kidman, a thin and narrow Hollywood actress, lacks essential fatty acids.

Although these theories need to be proved, psychologist Paula Hall said: “this study shows that sexy women are smarter, which shows that women with good figures may be good at other things besides raising children.” Physiology expert Dr. Harry weichel also said: “so far, we can say that women with good figure have advantages in western society. The essence is that they have advantages in physiology.”

teenage mothers lack fatty acids

The study also well explains why children born to teenage mothers scored lower on cognitive tests, because young mothers may not have stored enough beneficial fatty acids.

Scientists believe that the cognitive development of children born to young mothers is weakened, and their own cognitive development is also impaired compared with those women who give birth later. Research shows that children born to young mothers with better physique are not like this, and their cognitive performance is good.

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