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Friday, September 6, 2013

BD - Is Junk In The Trunk Still Healthy?

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Sometimes Black women get a bad rap.  You know what I'm talking about especially this week with all the bad press about our hair, but this post isn't about that.  This post is about the BENEFITS our natural bodies posses that's actually helping us.  

Blackdoctor.org along with a host of others sites are discussing the benefits of all that junk many black women have in their trunks!  Haven't heard yet?  Well, this tidbit of good news has been overshawdowed by bad but I'm here to shed some light on it.  

Finally! Multiple studies are proving that the voluptuous figures of countless Black women possess more benefits than just aesthetic perks – those curves may actually help them live longer. But why is this?


According to experts, the type of fat found in the thighs and backside may actually help reduce disease, as opposed to the dangerous and life-threatening effects of abdominal fat.

“The fact that body fat’s distribution is quite important for your health has been known for some time now,” said lead researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos of the University of Oxford in England.  

The review also suggests a mechanism for conveying those benefits. According to the experts, the next step is to figure out how our bodies decide where to store fat, say, in the stomach versus the butt.  

“Once this is understood then one could think about therapeutic approaches to make use of that,” Manolopoulos said. “Maybe to make use (of it) in a preventive way by redistributing the fat.”

Don’t take this news the wrong way though. This is only true to a certain degree as obesity increases your chances of developing chronic health conditions. This is because, per studies, researchers found that not all fat is created equal.


Butt Fat vs. Stomach Fat
According to MSNBC, stomach fat is considered more metabolically active than lower body fat. While that may sound good, as this fat breaks down easily, the result is a release of substances called cytokines, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and diabetes. In fact, research on mice reported in 2008 revealed that belly fat boosts inflammation and is linked with hardening of the arteries—known to increase the risk of heart attacks.

But scientists think lower body fat, like that around the hips and thighs, produces beneficial hormones that protect against these diseases, though more research is needed to firm up this expectation.

In addition, this lower body fat also traps fatty acids. While this long-term storage can make it tricky to slim down your butt and thighs, it’s healthier for you if some fat stays put.

To read more about butt fat vs. stomach fat, visit BlackDoctor.org.

So, I'm leaving you this week some good news.  I'm still wanting to lose some pounds but feel good about the hips, thighs and butt that hubby likes and gives me my curves.  Take this info with you and enjoy your weekend.  I'll be on the elliptical but smiling all the while.

Enjoy the news but stay active Naturals,
Sabrina
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