Steatopygia: The big booty disease

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Steatopygia, is a high degree of fat accumulation in and around the buttocks. The deposit of fat is not confined to the gluteal regions, but extends to the outside and front of the thighs, forming a thick layer reaching sometimes to the knee.

This development constitutes a genetic characteristic of the Khoisan. It is specially a feature of the women, but it occurs in a lesser degree in the males (in most genetic variations of Homo sapiens, females tend to exhibit a greater propensity to adipose tissue accumulation in the buttock region as compared with males). It has also been noted among the Pygmies of Central Africa and the Onge-tribe of the Andaman Islands. Among the Khoisan, it is regarded as a sign of beauty: it begins in infancy and is fully developed by the time of the first pregnancy. It is often accompanied by the formation known as elongated labia (labia minora that may extend as much as 4 inches outside the vulva).

What seems certain is that steatopygia in both sexes was fairly widespread among early human populations. The discovery in the caves of the south of France of figures in ivory presenting a remarkable development of the thighs, and even the peculiar prolongation of the nymphae, has been used to support this theory[citation needed]. However, the type of Neolithic Venus figurines sometimes referred to as “steatopygian Venus” do not strictly qualify as steatopygian, since they exhibit an angle of approximately 120 degrees between the back and the buttocks, while steatopygia strictly speaking is diagnosed at an angle of about 90 degrees only (Passemard 1938).


2 Responses to “Steatopygia: The big booty disease”

  1. June 3, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Great post but I must say that I think using the word “disease” may be a bit too much. A disease is a defect or sickness. Steatopygia is a genetic adaptation to the nomadic life of the Kalahari Desert, it was a necessary adapaptation to ensure the exsistence of the human race. But then again can an adaptation be a disease? Sickle cell anemia is an adaptation to malaria. Any way, lets thank the heavens for the those beautiful Big Booty woman.

  2. July 24, 2008 at 10:15 am

    It is amazing what ways that evolution takes and is able to get different species to get adjusted to different circumstances. In the north, people usually gather their body fat all around their bodies, because it keeps them warm.

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