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Study: Curvy Women Are More Intelligent and Make Smarter Children

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As the New Year rolls in and we ladies roll out that treadmill and dust off that diet book yet again, let us pause for a moment and reflect on a few choice pieces of information. Curvy isn’t just better for the heart, it’s better for the brain. Before you get too worked up about your weight, take a gander at your waist first.

A Study Has Been Done

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California, Santa Barbara took a good look at 16,000 women and found the hourglass-figure correlated closely with intelligence. The results of cognitive tests showed women with a lower waist-to-hip ratio outgunning their thicker counterparts. The findings will be published this week in the journal, Evolution and Human Behavior.

A Calculated Effort

Coming up with your waist-to-hip ratio is done by dividing your waist size by your hip size (waist ÷ hip = ratio). The smaller the number, the better (less than 1.0 is good; .8 is ideal).

The Omega Woman

Believe it or not, fat is the answer to your weight question. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a woman's hips and thighs is a key indicator of her heart health. It’s also important for the health of her brain – and the brain of any child she may bear.

Oh, Baby!

The curvier woman, recognizable by her pear (or hourglass) shape, has more reserves of omega-3. This not only nourishes her brain, this is crucial for fetal brain development in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Got Fat?

Dr. Andrew Weil already knew omega-3 fatty acids were good for us, and suggests the healthiest sources are cold-water fish (such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, black cod, and bluefish) and plant foods (specifically flax seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, and certain greens like purslane). The best source for this fatty acid, says Dr. Weil, is ground flax seed.

The Male of the Species

A man’s biological imperative (his other brain) prefers the more curvaceous contours. On some level he knows those curves of hers will tend to produce more intelligent children. So let them stare. Now we know they really do love us for our minds. Wink, wink.

No Curve, No Verve?

The findings help explain why Tyra Banks looks good no matter how much she weighs. It also explains why the study found that men preferred the “S” curve to the “T” square.

Women like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and Queen Latifah pack a healthier punch all the way around. Perhaps not so much with the leaner lasses, like Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen, and Renée Zellweger.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

Hopefully this research takes a load off (pardon the pun) the minds of those women who focus more on the scale than the mirror – the truer indicator. While fit is foremost, this study’s findings not only counter the beauty-but-no-brains myth, it also supports the findings of other studies that found curves are good for the cardiovascular in all of us.

Inescapable Conclusions

Now we know — and science is right behind us (looking at our butts, no less) — thin isn’t really in; the stereotype of the dumb, beautiful woman is just dumb; and when Queen guitarist Brian May penned “Fat Bottomed Girls,” he was right: They really do make the rockin’ world go ‘round.

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About Diana Hartman

Diana is a USMC (ret.) spouse, mother of three and a Wichita, Kansas native. She is back in the United States after 10 years in Germany. She is a contributing author to Holiday Writes. She hates liver & motivational speakers. She loves science & naps.
  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    To think,

    They had to do a study to figure out that a sexy girl with a cute figure was healthier and more attractive than a girl who didn’t have a sexy figure.

    Next up! A study on why water is wet!!

  • Diana Hartman

    imagine a world where the dairy farmers all got together and successfully marketed milk as the number one best beverage ever and that, by comparison, “water is dry and listless” or something equally ridiculous…

    imagine images of milk plastered all over the place as a great thing – in movies, non-dairy ads, TV programs, you name it…because it wasn’t good enough to tout their product, the dairy farmers have also gone on the rampage against water…imagine every image of water with a slanted, red line through it – when it is seen, which is rare in this scenario, compared to images of milk…

    now imagine a health crisis among certain demographics wherein the health of a significant percentage of the population was severely compromised because they stopped drinking water based on their belief in the dairy commercials, and instead drank milk – almost to the exclusion of any other beverage…

    at that point it would well take a scientific study proving the value and worth of water to get the most avid milk-only drinkers to concede…

    if you think this couldn’t happen, take a gander at the fashion industry whose stick-thin, shapeless models have given rise to weight-obsessed children as young as four, pathological weight obsession in grown women, and eating disorders…why?

    because they believe(d) the ads, the images, the words, and the frequency of the thin-is-in campaign…they believed it when told no man would want them and all women would scorn them if they couldn’t fit into a size 2 dress…they ignored what little imagery there was/is of the healthier, curvy, hasn’t-seen-size-10-since-she-was-16 woman – because that’s what they’ve been told and told and told to do…

    now that science has confirmed what the not-weight-obsessed population has always known, maybe now we can start to fast track some of those who are weight-obsessed back onto the right track…


    Evidently the article was written by a thick waisted Twiggy type (opposite from hour-glass) and it went to her head. It would take a 2.8 inch
    waist divided by 34 inch hips to come up with her ideal .08 ratio! A healthy female figure, from a man’s point of view, would be an hour-glass shaped (34-24-34)or(36-26-36), either, yielding an ideal .7 ratio. On the other hand a .7 ratio begat from a pear shaped (24-24-34)or(26-26-36) would be classified as unhealthy and undesirable.

  • Matthew T. Sussman

    Next up: Blindness and the effects of curvy women on adolescent boys.

  • Diana Hartman

    P A,
    the article stands corrected (see article)…you are however, most incorrect about the .7 ratio…if you’d like to discuss it further, take it up with cambridge mathematicians

    a woman is not unhealthy just because she is small-breasted…

  • Vianka

    Just what we need – another stereotype for women. Now slim women are not as intelligent as chunky women? That is ridiculous! Does anybody get sick of hearing how women’s bodies should look?

  • fed up

    can there be an article promoting healthy body image instead of bashing one body type over another. I do not believe that intelligence is based on body type.All men do not like the same type of women.

  • karen

    PA Depland, not sure what you mean about pear shapes being ‘unhealthy’ or ‘undesirable’ but a pear does not have the same bust and waist measurement, it’s more just a case there is less difference between waist and bust than waist and hips, for example 31-24-34 or 33-26-36….perfectly ideal and very natural for a healthy female.

    Yes I’m a pear and I have measurements 32-25-36…bigger on bottom than the top yes, but still a normal difference between my bust and waist and I’m certainly healthy and my husband thinks I’m desireable.

  • karen

    BTW a ‘healthy’ waist/hip ratio = <0.8, but curvy & ideal = 0.65-0.75 (and that is regardless of bust size).