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I Like Big Butts: Fun Facts About Your Buttocks You Never Knew Before

Butts Are Important To Our Health And Happiness
Butts play a larger part in our lives than most of us think, and it's not just because it's the largest muscle. Photo courtesy of Screen Shot, YouTube

The gluteus maximus, the buttocks, the behind, your butt, or whatever you choose to call it, is an incredibly important muscle that plays a big role in our lives. BuzzFeed has produced another information video of a collection of facts, and this time it’s about the butt and all its glory. The less relevant topics touch on celebrity Kim Kardashian who has X-rays of her butt to prove the large collection of fat and muscle on her butt was not achieved through plastic surgery, and also the rumored $27 million insurance claim placed on Jennifer Lopez’s butt.

The facts span from random turtle butt facts to synonyms for the word butt. What’s fascinating is how it’s impossible to pass gas silently if you remove the hairs around your anus, a common practice among some groups, especially females. Speaking of females, women typically have larger butts because estrogen causes fat to accumulate in the buttocks as opposed to the stomach, which is the reason some believe women live longer than men.

Fat that accumulates in the butt is healthier than the type that’s stored in the gut, research has shown. Stomach fat breaks down easier and when it does, it releases cytokines, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance, according to Harvard Medical School. Your behind isn’t all fat, though.

Your butt is made up of the gluteal muscles and is the most powerful muscle group on the body, made up of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. All three work together attached by tendons and ligaments attached to the surrounding bone. They’re responsible for the movement of the hip and thigh, and allow us to rise from a sitting position, climb stairs, and stay in an erect position.

Stand tall and thank your behind when you bend. Work out your butt with squats and lunges to exercise the muscle groups and remember to incorporate cardio such as running or cycling into your routine. In 2012, 2,681 couldn’t achieve the results they wanted, so they underwent a buttock lift surgery, while another 746 got buttock implants, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s 2012 Report.

You can’t fake the facts scientists from the University of Oxford found when their research found women with wider hips and a larger butt were intellectually superior compared to slimmer mothers. They tended to have lower cholesterol levels and an excess of omega-3 fatty acids, which is proven to catalyze brain development.

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