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    Curvy mothers have brainier kids

    Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society:

    Upper-body fat has negative effects and lower-body fat has positive effects on the supply of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for neurodevelopment. Thus, waist-hip ratio (WHR), a useful proxy for the ratio of upper-body fat to lower-body fat, should predict cognitive ability in women and their offspring. Moreover, because teenage mothers and their children compete for these resources, their cognitive development should be compromised, but less so for mothers with lower WHRs. These predictions are supported by data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Controlling for other correlates of cognitive ability, women with lower WHRs and their children have significantly higher cognitive test scores, and teenage mothers with lower WHRs and their children are protected from cognitive decrements associated with teen births. These findings support the idea that WHR reflects the availability of neurodevelopmental resources and thus offer a new explanation for men's preference for low WHR.
    http://www.ehbonline.org/article/PII...=20&select3=20

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    I guess the term childbearing hips has more than one meaning then :p
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    Ha ha! And you all teased me because I had big legs and hips! ^^

    Well actually I was trying to find the article online at the university access and there is no October issue on it. ,_, nooo. I wanted to read it.
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    Neanderthal women had wide hips. Neanderthal infants probably had larger heads and heads which where shaped in such a way that they were harder to deliver than sapiens infants. If they are measuring only girdth and think they are measuring fat, they are probably wrong in this simple assumption.

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    Yah, and now that you mention it, the really 'snake hipped' guys are never the brainiest either (with all due respect). Seems the more naturally 'apple' shaped males are disproportionately found in the manual trades or in hale-fellow-well-met/back slapping places such as, say, locker rooms or in sales. While the 'pear' shaped males (if the analogy holds up) are the ones with the more 'active' nervous systems, say ministers, professors, doctors or even accountants, and the like, or sittin down at pianos and playin computer games all day (though not in those cases of the 'first person shooter' variety, I'd bet). Very generally speaking of course.
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    Interesting, but it shouldn't come as much as a surprise, considering that a woman's hip is meant to be large. Hence, a woman with curvaceous hips would be a healthier woman what would give birth to healthier children.

    Modern anorexic figures are very rarely healthy, malforming their bodies with diets, exhausting exercise and types of clothing that will harm the reproductory system (high heels, extra-tight jeans, etc)..

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    Neanderthal women had wide hips. Neanderthal infants probably had larger heads and heads which where shaped in such a way that they were harder to deliver than sapiens infants. If they are measuring only girdth and think they are measuring fat, they are probably wrong in this simple assumption.
    And a point to consider is whether they discerned between races at all (Europids have a lower waist-hip ratio than Negrids owing to bone structure, Mongolids have a lower waist-hip ratio than Europids owing to bone structure). Unfortunately I have no access to the full article. Just this abstract.

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    The most ridiciolous sentence i've read this title "Curvy mothers have brainier kids" eyes:

    Take the Khoisanid racial type from africa, their women have the biggest hips on the world, still they're depauperate.

    There are very curvy mothers who have children which go to school for mentally handicapped children or are very dull. Also i know some which have intelligent children and have curvy hips, and exactly the same goes for mothers with slim hips.

    I think the Article should also mention what they define with hips, if there's a mother with a waist of 90cm, i don't think she will have a brainier kid than a mother with a waist of 70cm.




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    I kind of understood it after reading this article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1879

    My mother is not curvy and was young when she had me, that explains a lot

    Take the Khoisanid racial type from africa, their women have the biggest hips on the world, still they're depauperate.
    Do they have big hips or big asses? I thought the later. With Steatopygy the fat is at the buttocks rather than the thighs.

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    I think the Article should also mention what they define with hips, if there's a mother with a waist of 90cm, i don't think she will have a brainier kid than a mother with a waist of 70cm.
    The article was concerned with waist-hip ratio, Boche. Did you even bother to read the text before posting? Rather than just verbally maul the observations of the article, you could try to offer an alternative explanation for them.

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