Having a big booty and thick thighs isn't as much of a health concern as we may think.

study published in September in medical journal BMJ showed that thick thighs may save live.  The study found that a higher ratio of hip measurements compared to the waist measurement showed a 10% lower risk of mortality.

More specifically, if there was a 4 inch difference between your waist and hip measurements, with your waist measurement being smaller than your hip measurement, this would indicate a lower risk of earlier mortality.  However, if the difference is less than 3 inches, it showed a greater increase of early mortality.

According to americashealthrankings.org, who obtains information from the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System from 2016 + 2017, 23.7% of women ages 18 to 44 in the State of Maine are obese.  In this instance, obesity is measured by the body mass index being 30.0 or higher based on reported height and weight.

Nationally, 25% of women in the United States are considered obese.  Massachusetts marks as the healthiest state when it comes to obesity, with 18.5% women being determined obese whereas Arkansas is the least healthiest with 40.2% women in that state being obese.

It is stated that adults who are obese are at risk for developing a plethora of health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer as well as an increase in mental health issues.  It can even impact fertility.

This new study has found what should also be considered that the shape of your body may be a strong indicator of your health, that is, how you 'carry your weight'.  Where BMI is determined by two measurements,your height and weight, but what might also be considered in determining your health status as a woman is the difference between your waist and hip size.

So, shake what your mama gave you and know it ain't the size of the bootie that makes you healthy or not healthy, it's the shape of the curve.

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