So say scientists from the University of Tübingen in Germany, whose study published in the journal Cell Metabolism revealed that women who have a big booty, hips and thick thighs are likely to live longer and have  a lower risk of suffering from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

The researchers, led by diabetes specialist Dr Norbert Stefan, say that’s because the extra weight on your hips and thighs block harmful fat from reaching your internal organs which, in turn, protects your heart and lungs.

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But there’s a catch. This only applies to women of a healthy weight whose bottom half is disproportionately bigger than their top half and does not apply to obese women.

Conversely, the study also found that skinny women with no fat around their booty, hips and thighs have a higher risk of suffering from a heart attack, stroke and diabetes.

Stefan said researchers drew their conclusions after monitoring the fat distribution in participants through MRI scans and regular health check-ups.

They argue that pear-shaped women of a “normal” weight were more likely to “offer safe storage for fat cells” compared to women who are apple-shaped.

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This happens because the fat found in the form of extra weight around your hips and thighs (known as subcutaneous fat) is substantially different to the fat that is stored in the stomach.

The fat found in the abdomen is called visceral fat, which can be dangerous because it releases harmful chemicals and fatty acids into the bloodstream that can damage the cardiovascular system.

In turn, this can lead to high cholesterol, insulin resistance and eventually diabetes.