Sir Mix-a-Lot told us he "likes big butts" back in 1992 and we've known for quite a while that being a 'pear' is better than being an 'apple' when it comes to fat distribution. Some new research, (original article abstract), suggests that extra cushion in the hips, thighs and posterior may actually be protective against cardiovascular and metabolic disease. According to population research findings, a little "junk in the trunk" was associated with healthier lipid and glucose profiles. Additionally, fat stored below the waist demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties and positively affected leptin and adiponectin levels, both of which have important metabolic implications.
Now, don't go making it a personal project to bulk up your behind, but if you're carrying a little cushion, it's not necessarily a bad thing.
Baby, do you "got back"?