Having thick thighs good for you: Study

20 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Having thick thighs good for you: Study

We all know, being overweight has been linked with various health issues. And obesity is the fifth leading risk for global deaths as per the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

But you will be surprised to know that a little extra fat at some places in the body can actually be good for your physical well-being. Are you confused what are we talking about? Read ahead.

The study

According to a new study by Rutgers North American Disease Intervention, people with more leg fat are less likely to have the high blood pressure issues. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Hypertension 2020 Scientific Sessions on September 10.

The study examined three types of high blood pressure in nearly 6,000 adults, all aged less than 60. They looked for diastolic high blood pressure (when the bottom number of the blood pressure reading is high), systolic high blood pressure (when the top number on the reading is high) and combined high blood pressure (when both the numbers in the reading were high).


Then special X-ray scans were done to measure the fat tissue in the participants. It was found that people with a higher percentage of leg fat were 61 per cent less likely to have combined high blood pressure than those who have a lower percentage of leg fat.

It was also found that participants with more leg fat were less likely to have diastolic high blood pressure or systolic high blood pressure.

Though we know, fat around the waist is very bad for our overall health, especially heart health, but the same is not true for leg fat.

Normal blood pressure

120 systolic and 80 diastolic blood pressure is considered normal. But if your readings reach 130 systolic and 81 diastolic, you enter stage 1 of hypertension.

And if your blood pressure reaches higher than 180/120, you are said to be having a hypertensive crisis.

As per the American Heart Association, high blood pressure can lead to various health issues including heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, heart failure, vision loss, sexual dysfunction, peripheral artery disease and angina.            —Times of India