Wednesday, November 11, 2009

i KNEW it!

Curvy women may be a clever bet                                                                                                
Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests. (Posted by our friends at the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7090300.stm)                                            Researchers studied 16,000 women and girls and found the more voluptuous performed better on cognitive tests - as did their children.
The bigger the difference between a woman's waist and hips the better.
Researchers writing in Evolution and Human Behaviour speculated this was to do with fatty acids found on the hips.
In this area, the fat is likely to be the much touted Omega-3, which could improve the woman's own mental abilities as well as those of her child during pregnancy.
Men respond to the double enticement of both an intelligent partner and an intelligent child, the researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and California said.
The findings appear to be borne out in the educational attainments of at least one of the UK's most famous curvaceous women, Nigella Lawson, who graduated from Oxford.
But experts are not convinced by the findings.
"On the fatty deposits being related to intelligence front, it's very hard to detangle that from other factors, such as social class, for instance, or diet," said Martin Tovee of Newcastle University.
"And much as we logically like the idea that men are interested in the waist to hip ratio, it actually features relatively low down the list of feature males look for in a potential partner."

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My thoughts? But of course...
1) Does this mean our British friends will now appreciate the vivacious shapes more prominent in the good ol' USA? Maybe just wishful thinking.
2) Do you suppose any of those 16,000 participants were truly happy after hearing the results? The "waifs" just found out their brains are second-rate and the smart ones just found out they were in this study because their back sides were too big to be in the skinny crowd.
3) I LOVE the claim that "men respond to the double enticement" of a smart partner and smart offspring. But I'm pretty sure that Sir Mix A Lot would claim something else as the double enticement! And I'm more likely to agree with him. That makes me think this research is actually from some skinny, second-rate thinkers. :)
Well, I'd love to share more opinions but I must prepare for my next lesson: brownies are calling me! And I plan to be especially brilliant tomorrow!

3 comments:

Megan Dorris said...

Mix this article with the former "Cranky people are smarter..." one and it's obvious why I'm such a brilliant catch. Oh wait...how long was I single up until now?

sean lumsden said...

excellent miranda- loved #2 of your comments... i should send in my psudeoscientific study "Portly waiters make the best recommendations." i am guessing that people in the uk would get this... keep writing! s

Eve said...

I love this!
Thank goodness, since that seems to be where all of my fat goes to first! ;)
Nice to have a 'bright side'. ;)

Oh, also - I wnated to let you know that I'm hosting a Christmas Exchange on my blog, so come join in if you're interested. :)

Oh, and another also, we've been thinking about making a trip over to Spokane, just to visit and take photos and enjoy a little weekend trip. We should definitely get together and catch up!!!