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Researchers tracked the volunteers for an average of 12.5 years.
They found that people with big thighs had a lower risk of heart disease and premature death than those with thin thighs.
In round numbers, a thigh circumference (measured where the thigh meets the butt) of about 62 cm (about 24.4 inches) was most protective; bigger thighs provided little if any extra benefit, but progressively thinner thighs were linked to progressively higher risks.
The predictive value of thigh size held up even after the scientists accounted for other indicators of body composition, including waist circumference, BMI, height, and body fat percentage.
And thigh size remained a strong independent predictor even after researchers adjusted for risk factors such as smoking, exercise, alcohol use, systolic blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and (for women) menopause.
It’s only one study, but its results are still impressive because the scientists measured thigh size but not thigh composition.
They didn’t tell if the apparent protection of big thighs is due to more muscle, more fat, or both. Well, not yet.
But that’s where your muscle-to-fat ratio comes in.
It’s a fact that fat cells in the lower part of the body seem to vacuum up harmful fatty acids that are released into the blood when fat-laden foods are digested.
Fat cells in the upper body also store up free fatty acids but are quick to pour them back into the