This Is What The Shape of Your Butt Says About Your Health

Your body shape—specifically, the shape of your butt — says a lot about your general health.

The health world puts a lot of emphasis on weight and BMI, but it doesn’t always make a distinction in regards to fat distribution.

It may sound goofy but it’s true.

Here’s why:

In 2010, the International Journal of Obesity (the fact that there is a scientific journal dedicated to the study of obesity is indicative of the global problem) published a study of body fat distribution with its focus on glut Eo femoral (butt) fat.

“Body fat distribution is an important metabolic and cardiovascular risk factor, because the proportion of abdominal to gluteofemoral body fat correlates with obesity-associated diseases and mortality… Population studies show that an increased gluteofemoral fat mass is independently associated with a protective lipid and glucose profile, as well as a decrease in cardiovascular and metabolic risk… This underlines gluteofemoral fat’s role as a determinant of health by the long-term entrapment of excess fatty acids, thus protecting from the adverse effects associated with ectopic fat deposition.” (1).

Essentially, having more fat in your buttocks than in your abdomen can help prevent cardiovascular disease. But that is only true if you’re not obese or overweight.

So it’s okay to have a little junk in your trunk, but you should always strive to keep a healthy weight. Make sure the shape of your butt is not too square.

Fat Goes To Your Butt To Protect Your Heart
Do you know what the shape of your butt is? When fat accumulates in the backside, it often correlates to less fat in the chest and torso. This is typically referred to as having a pear shape. This shape is healthier than an apple shape (where the fat is located in your torso and abdomen) because it puts less stress on the heart and other organs.

Fat in the hips and buttocks “keeps the fatty acids away from the heart, the arteries and the liver to lower your risk of heart disease and other debilitating problems like diabetes. Since your body is ultimately programmed to decide whether to store the fat in the butt region or in the stomach region, it is said that, in women, the hormones that direct and distribute fat are actually doing this to protect the heart by building up the buttocks.” (2).

Fat cells secrete hormones that direct them to specific areas in your body. In men, they congregate in the abdominal region and in women, they can either settle there or in the butt and thighs. This may be an evolutionary measure to protect women during their child-bearing years when fat is directed down to keep the upper part of the body free of difficulty and disease. As women get older, fat stored in the nether regions can begin to migrate up.

One study suggests that women with larger than average buttocks are more intelligent due to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, better ability to metabolize sugars, and healthy levels of omega-3 fats that support the brain (3).

Here’s what your bum can tell you about your health! Which drawing is similar to the shape of your butt?

Square Derrière

Even fat accumulation in your bum and lower back may simply mean that the gluteal muscles are a little weak. This fat distribution may give the impression that the butt extends into the love handles and waist. It generally indicates that you may have a bit of extra fat around your tummy.

Luckily, there are tons of exercises you can do to address this area of your body.

Round Around

Round is good; there may be a little excess fat at the bottom of the glutes but it’s fairly easy to get rid of. The extra fat at the top, however, shouldn’t be of much concern.

Love the Heart

A heart or pear-shaped butt is reflective of proportional body fat distribution, round at the bottom and tapering toward the top. To tone up your shape, work out your thighs to avoid excess fat.

One caution, however: while optimal until menopause, as women get older, fat stored in the backside has a tendency to move up and reside in the abdomen. Keep an eye on it, so to speak.

V for Voyage

The V shape is most common in older women as fat stored in the buttocks starts to move up due to decreasing estrogen levels. If you start to notice the upward movement of fat, amp up activity and glute exercise before it settles in a less healthy spot. It doesn’t hurt to increase your ab exercise regime too!


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