CURVY women are more likely to live longer than their slimmer counterparts. Institute of preventative medicine in Copenhagen researchers found those with wider hips also appeared to be protected against heart conditions. Women with a hip measurement smaller than 40 inches, or a size 14 would not have this protection, they said. The researchers say hip fat contains a beneficial natural anti-inflammatory.
They said this anti-inflammatory, called adiponectin, prevents arteries swelling up and becoming blocked. The Danish researchers examined almost 3,000 men and women aged between 35 and 65 from 1987 to 1988 they measured height, weight and body mass index. They then looked at Danish health registers up until the end of 1998 to look at how many of the men and women had cardiovascular problems, and up to 2001 to see how many had died. Compared to the group of women with the smallest hip circumferences, women with the biggest were found to have an 87' reduction in deaths. Previous studies have found both men and women with small hips are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and gall bladder disease. However the study, which has been published in obesity research, found a wider hip circumference was not linked with better heart health in men. Laughing the fat off
IF you want to burn a few extra calories, laugh. It's no match for running, cycling or pumping iron but scientists said yesterday laughing out loud for 10-15 minutes a day burns 10-40 calories, the amount in a small piece of chocolate, depending on a person's body weight. "We calculated that this is equal to 2kg a year if you do it every day," Dr Maciej Buchowski, of Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, told an obesity conference. Laughing makes people feel good and has been described as the best medicine. Buchowski believes he and his colleagues are the first to measure how much energy it takes to laugh. "We discovered that laughter produces energy," he said. "We found that when people were laughing the increase was about 20 per cent above the basic metabolism rate," Buchowski explained.