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Could fat thighs make you live longer?
A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the United Kingdom suggests this might be so.
People with fat in their thighs and backsides may live longer because the fat traps harmful fatty particles and actively secretes a helpful compound. The study even calls this fat "protective" against diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions associated with obesity.
A big bottom is much better than carrying fat around the waist, which tends to release more harmful fatty acids into the body, the research shows.
Understanding all this could lead to better drugs for treating obesity and related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, say researchers.