Time to ditch the diet? New research suggests that women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than skinny girls, and may even produce more intelligent children
Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than their waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests.
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.
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.
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.’