Pot-bellied women have stronger bones, but men are just fat

A NEW research report claims women with pot bellies are less likely to break bones than their perfectly toned counterparts.

However the findings from Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research show men do not have the same link between waist size and bone strength.

Researchers tracked the health of more than 1000 men and women aged over 50 for an average of five years.

The heaviest 25% of the women were found to be 40% less likely to have a broken bone.

Scientists believe the most likely explanation involves the female sex hormone oestrogen, which can strengthen bones.