Fat butts are healthy. Researchers say you’re better off having junk in your trunk like Kim Kardashian or Nicki Minaj than a spare tire around your belly. What’s more, the extra padding on your rear end could even help protect you against disease, according to a recent study from England’s University of Oxford. “We examined many studies on the healthy effects of different fat stores in the body, particularly around the hips and thighs,” said Dr. Konstantinos Manolopoulos, who led the research. “Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you, but around the tummy is bad.” Abdominal or belly fat, on the other hand, releases substances which have been linked to cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and diabetes. Lower body fat around the hips and thighs produces beneficial hormones that protect against these diseases while trapping fatty acids.