Are Curvy Women More Intelligent? (I'd like to think so... :p)
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California at Santa Barbara looked at data from a study of more than 16,000 women and girls from 1988 to 1994 that detailed their body measurements, as well as their education level and their scores on various cognitive tests.
What they report is that women with waists that were about 70 percent of the diameter of their hips scored slightly better on intelligence tests and tended to have a slightly higher level of education than women with a higher waist-to-hip ratio, or WHR.
The study was published in the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior.
"Controlling for other correlates of cognitive ability, women with lower WHRs and their children have significantly higher cognitive test scores," the study authors note in the article.
And the study authors also said that men, whether they know it or not, tend to prefer mates with a lower waist-to-hip ratio because of this advantage.
This report says some strange things: Curvy women are smarter because the fat stored in hips and legs is more beneficial to the brain than the fat stored in bellies, and that men prefer dumber women.
That's what I got from it, anyway. What say you?