Why Having A Big Butt Is Not Bad, And 5 Other Facts About The Buttocks

However you choose to view it - from aesthetic or medical standpoint - the butt is important. The butt is what helps us, humans, stand, walk, or run on our twos. It's a pretty prominent part of our body that needs regular exercise - not only to maintain its shape, but also to maintain its function.

Below, we list 6 curious facts about the body part which is often in the center of attention.

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6 facts about buttocks

Here are a few interesting facts about the rear end:

1. Your glutes are one of the largest and most powerful muscle groups in your body.

Your butt muscles are called gluteal muscles, which are a major muscle group consisting of three muscles on each side: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These muscles are responsible for standing and movement of your hips and thighs. Exercise this set of muscles regularly and you'll burn quite a bit of calories.

2. Bigger butt may mean a lower risk of heart disease and other health issues.

Having a pear-shaped figure (bigger butt, but slimmer waist) is better than being apple-shaped (carrying most extra pounds around the waist) healthwise. It's believed that the fat sitting mainly on the muscles of your lower body means lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues, compared to the excess fat around the waist.

3. Surgery to enhance the butt is becoming more popular.

In the year 2016, 4,251 Americans had a butt lift surgery, and 2,999 people received butt implants, per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' 2016 Report. It means the number of people having a surgery to improve their butt is growing: The figures were 2,681 butt lifts and 746 butt implants back in 2012.

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4. Weak butt muscles may lead to back problems.

If you don't work on your butt muscles, your risk of back injury can increase. Strong butt muscles can help you maintain the normal gait and posture, while weak glutes can lead to back pain over time.

5. Sciatica may result from compression of the sciatic nerve in the butt.

Sciatic nerves are two long nerves that run from your lower back down the legs. If the nerve becomes compressed in the butt region (this is known as piriformis syndrome), you'll experience pain in one buttock radiating down the leg.

6. Butt is not the first thing most men notice in women.

Women's Health Magazine cites a survey of British men which showed that the eyes were the most common women's feature they pay attention to at first; butt took the eighth place. See, romance isn't dead!

Source: Mental Floss, Women's Health Magazine, Medical Daily

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