Happy New Years! Muffti just got home and is glad to say he had good vacations which invovled seeing some of his favourite people in NYC to celebrate Jesus’ birth: CK, Esther, Ariela, EV, Kelsey to name just a few. Great to see you guys!
Anyhow, Muffti saw this on IT Wire (with a video version of it on CNN) and though it’s not jewlicious, he got a kick out of it and thinks you will as well. In any case, it gives partial vindication to Sir-Mix-A-Lot. Shana tovah!
Universities of Pittsburgh and California (Santa Barbara) researchers found that women with â€œhourglassâ€ figures are more intelligent than women with round or straight bodies, and tend to give birth to children who are more intelligent.
The hourglass-shaped woman is defined as one whose shape consists of a smaller waist than hips.
These hourglass-shaped women were found to also produce more intelligent children, which the study concludes is due to having more omega-3 fatty acids stored in their hips, which is not found as much in other shaped women.
Omega-3, which is found in oily fish, is a substance that is necessary for the proper growth of the fetus’ brain during pregnancy.
Women with larger waists, more rounded bodies, have more omega-6 stored in their waists, which was found to be less suited to brain growth, and less omega-3 stored in their hips, which is also less desirable for brain growth. Slender women, with smaller waists and hips, were found to have less omega-3 and omega-6, overall, in both hips and waists. This combination would have less affect on intelligence of the baby.
The eating of omega-3 in such fish as wild salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines, is also linked to a healthier life style for adults. More concentrations of omega-6 over omega-3 in the human body has been thought to produce more diseases, but that connection has not been verified. Omega-6 is found in cereals, nuts, whole-grains, vegetable oils, and eggs and poultry.
The report, which will be published the week of November 11, 2007, in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, states that based on a study of 16,000 women and girls, females with smaller waists and bigger hips are more intelligent then females with other shapes.
Specifically, the study found that the greater difference between the circumference of the waist and the hips, the higher the women performed on intelligence tests.
The paper was made available online on October 29, 2007 at the journal’s website.
The article is entitled â€œWaist-hip ratio and cognitive ability: is gluteofemoral fat a privileged store of neurodevelopmental resources?â€. The two authors are William D. Lassek, from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), and Steven J.C. Gaulin, from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.