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Bigger thighs have a lower risk of premature death and heart disease

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Bettymum Fri 04-Sep-09 09:21:07

Apparently the optimum circumference for your thigh is 60cm. I've just tried to measure mine with a ruler, I think they're 38cm around. I have a greatly increased risk of premature death .

abra1d Fri 04-Sep-09 09:25:38

You mean there might be some benefit to big thighs! You've made my morning.

WorzselMummage Fri 04-Sep-09 09:27:11

I'm saved !

Portofino Fri 04-Sep-09 09:27:43

Thank the lord!

MrsBadger Fri 04-Sep-09 09:30:35

I thought this was only compared to 'bigger stomachs'
ie same deal as the old chestnut that pear-shapes are healthier than apples.

Lizzylou Fri 04-Sep-09 09:31:27

Yee Ha!

TigersChick Fri 04-Sep-09 09:32:40

I giggled with glee when I heard this on the news earlier grinblush

Here is the story which, sadly, says that tho the risk increases the further below 60cm you go, there is no added benefit the higher above it you go ... Ah well grin

watfordmummy Fri 04-Sep-09 09:32:48

If they just say that fat ankles and calves are the healthiest I will be the happiest!!!

weegiemum Fri 04-Sep-09 09:33:10

Praise be!

grin at Bettymum - measuring round your thighs with e ruler!!

flowerybeanbag Fri 04-Sep-09 09:33:49

Clearly it can't be a direct beneficial effect of the thighs themselves. Surely it's just that people with bigger thighs are less likely to have big stomachs, being pear-shaped, and people with big stomachs are more at risk of heart disease. So nothing new then...

TigersChick Fri 04-Sep-09 09:37:52

According to the quotes in that article it's to do with muscle mass and is unrelated to waist size.
Other agencies are saying that it needs corroborating ...

Bettymum Fri 04-Sep-09 09:40:46

I'm at work weegiemum, trying to measure them under the desk! grin

flowerybeanbag Fri 04-Sep-09 09:41:18

I see. Well does that mean we need big muscly thighs then, rather than fat thighs....

I would have thought someone who is slim (including their thighs) through doing lots of exercise has more muscle mass in their thin thighs than an overweight person with flabby thighs.

<<avoids work>>

TigerFeet Fri 04-Sep-09 09:43:41

Hurrah! At last a reason to be happy to have a fat arse and cankles grin

I've always carried my weight around my hips, I've heard before that a pear shapes are less likely to suffer from heart disease than apples as the fat is stored away from the major abdominal muscles.

TigerFeet Fri 04-Sep-09 09:44:41

major abdominal organs [doh]

AMumInScotland Fri 04-Sep-09 09:47:18

I measured mine this morning - 60.5 cm Yay I'm going to live forever!

TigersChick Fri 04-Sep-09 09:50:30

FloweryBB - yes, I think you're right, it's to do with muscle not just size ... but there is a comment about having more fat being good, something about processing food ...

[clutches at straws]

TsarChasm Fri 04-Sep-09 09:51:00

Ooh yes I def want to believe this latest bit of research.

There have to be some compensations for having a 'difficult' relationship with jeans and trousers grin

PeedOffWithNits Fri 04-Sep-09 13:52:18

62cm here including my jeans! grin

theDMsaSHAMazade Fri 04-Sep-09 18:20:21

not even going to bother measuring mine. dh calls them toothpicks. i'm devastated..

TsarChasm Fri 04-Sep-09 18:22:31

envy I'd still love toothpick thighs really. I bet you can slip into any skinny jeans that you want. God I'm envious!

theDMsaSHAMazade Fri 04-Sep-09 18:23:56

i have NEVER EVER liked my thighs,.. i don't think skinny bony thighs are sexy , womanly or attractive in the slightest!

WetAugust Sat 05-Sep-09 00:52:02

22" - I'm gonna die young and leave a good-looking corpse

verygreenlawn Sat 05-Sep-09 09:17:27

LOL at this. Mine are 58cms at the widest point, but then they're quite muscular - I've always had "footballer" legs!

brettgirl2 Sat 05-Sep-09 09:32:20

61cm grin. Despite the trouser problem I actually quite like my thunder thighs. I blame horse riding personally.

Skinny leg jeans shock hahahahaha!!!!

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