A little fat could be good for you

January 12, 2010 2:24:22 PM PST
There are plenty of health hazardous associated with an expanding waistline. But, now, researchers are suggesting fat carried below the waist may actually contribute to good health. The type of fat that collects on the thighs and rear-end takes a longer time to build up and break down than abdominal fat.

Scientists now say fat around the hindquarters may protect the heart because it can act as a long-term trap for fatty acid molecules that may otherwise clog up blood vessels.

But experts warn this isn't a license to eat junk food because fat tends collect more quickly around the waist.

There is more on this discovery in the International Journal of Obesity.