Women with thin thighs die sooner than women with thick thighs, according to a new study.
Obesity, age, smoking and other factors did not reduce the effect, researchers reported in the British Medical Journal.
The study reported that there is an increased risk of premature death related to thigh size. Pear-shaped people may have lower health risks, even if they have more body fat overall.
Where people gain weight is a strong factor in how it affects health. People with more abdominal fat appear to be at higher risk of heart disease and other illnesses.