When Sir Mix-A-Lot burst onto the music scene declaring "I like big butts and I cannot lie" - he may not have been simply commending a curvy aesthetic, but nodding to greater intelligence and health.

According to a study - that the bootylicious will welcome with open arms - women with bigger bottoms are healthier than those with a lesser gluteus maximus.

Results from 16,000 women show that gals who carry their weight around their hips à la Kim Kardashian may be more resistant to chronic illnesses.

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Women with this body type tend to have lower levels of cholesterol and more likely to produce hormones to metabolise sugar.

As a result they are less likely to develop high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

But it's not just women's health that benefits from having a big bottom - their children are also believed to be smarter. This is a result of increased levels of Omega 3 fat levels, which have been proven to aid brain development.

The study was published in International Journal of Obesity University of Oxford in 2010, but is being picked up again on various online news sites.

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  • Amber Rose

    Shave-headed model Amber Rose has a notorious ample behind - one that she puts to good use in her numerous photo shoots and music videos. (Pic: Film Magic)

  • Beyonce

    Second in the poll conducted by WENN was the lady who coined the term bootylicious, Miss Beyonce Knowles herself. When B and her Destiny's Child band mates sang 'is my body too bootylicious for ya babe', we doubt they knew what a phenomenon they were starting. (Pic: AP)

  • Holly Willoughby

    Britain's own reigning queen of the big booty, Holly Willoughby used to show off both her generous cleavage and boot-i-ful derriere every week on <em>Dancing On Ice</em>. She's now more demure on <em>This Morning</em>, but still manages to flash her curves at any available opportunity. (Pic: FilmMagic)

  • Jennifer Lopez

    A recent poll of the best bootys in showbiz put J-Lo in position numero uno. The original big booty girl, La Lopez changed the face (or behind) of celebrity by making the more curvaceous figure the most in demand on the red carpet. J-Lo also pioneered the famous over the shoulder pose now adopted by all the bootylicious ladies on our list. (Pic: Getty)

  • Kelly Brook

    It would be hard not to notice Kelly Brook's pert rear seeing as she seems to spend very little time with her clothes on. However, when glamour model Kelly does get dressed, she still manages to show off her backside and the curves that have given her an army of lad mag-loving male fans the length and breadth of Britain. (Pic: bauergriffinonline.com)

  • Jennifer Metcalfe

    Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe splashed out £2,000 on liposuction in June last year in order to remove excess fat from her upper thigh and bottom area. The actress, who plays Mercedes McQueen in the soap, went from a size 12 to a size 10 but managed to keep her famous shapely rear. (Pic: Wire Image)

  • Kim Kardashian

    Reality star Kim Kardashian is famous for very little else apart from her sizeable derriere, being Paris Hilton's one-time bff, and an internet sex tape. The lynchpin of the now infamous Kardashian sisters (none of whom are lacking in behind) Kim has taken the big booty to new levels, proving you can be a global star just because of your backside. (Pic: FilmMagic)

  • Nicki Minaj

    Wacky singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj featuring in a song called 'Bottoms Up' in 2011. Figures! (Pic: Film Magic)

  • Rihanna

    A Barbadian native with a fierce body to be proud of (in her song 'I'm Not Stupid', she admits to never being a size 10 in her life), Rihanna isn't shy about showing off her shapely booty. Just witness the miniscule shorts she wears in her Rude Boy video, or the barely-there daring outfits she sports on stage on her current world tour. (Pic: Getty)

  • Serena Williams

    When she's not blowing away lesser players on court, American tennis champion Serena Williams is partial to a fancy frock - like this booty-hugging number. (Pic: Getty)

  • Shakira

    She shakes it around enough on stage and Colombian singing superstar Shakira is as famous for her booty as she is for her music. Take into account her mix of Latin beats, belly dancing and hip shaking, and it's no surprise Shakira was chosen to record and perform the official World Cup song last year. What better way to keep all those football-loving men happy? (Pic: bauergriffinonline.com)