big-buttBig booties aren’t just great for tight jeans and Instagram pictures. A new study from the University of Oxford discovered that women with larger butts are resistant to chronic illnesses and increasingly intelligent.

After analyzing 16,000 women with natural butts (no surgery or shots), results revealed that women with larger derrieres have lower levels of cholesterol and glucose. They are also more likely to produce hormones to metabolize, therefore less prone to have diabetes or heart problems.

Furthermore, they may be smarter: a big butt connotes an excess of Omega 3 fats, which catalyze brain development.

ABC News reports:

“If you’re going to have fat, you’re definitely better off if you’ve got some fat in the lower body,” said Dr. Michael Jensen, director of endocrine research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “If you look at people who have primarily the pear shape, they’re healthy in all the ways that this fat behaves. It’s not just less heart attacks or less diabetes, it’s all these ways we think about fat as an important organ for our health.”

Get your squats in, ladies!