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Is it bad to have 49 inch hips?

Can you have 49 inch hips and still be healthy?
Written By  Brianna Martin
Last Updated on 2nd July 2022
A woman looking at her 49 inch hips in the mirror

49 inches is definitely an above average hip measurement for females and males of all ages. So, knowing this, is it possible to have 49 inch hips and still be healthy?

Honestly? Probably not. It's not that you can't be healthy with large hips; it's just that 49" hips are so big that anyone who does have 49 in hips is probably carrying a lot of excess body fat.

After all, 49 inches is a full 10 inches larger than the average male butt size! So if you have a 49 inch butt, then you'll very likely enjoy better health by losing weight and slimming your hips.

Learn How Your Hips Compare:

How big are 49 inch hips for a woman?

An obese woman pointing at her 49 inch hips

Are 49 inch hips big for a woman? Yes, 49 inch hips are extremely large for a woman because they're 9 inches bigger than normal for an adult female.

What's more, you could argue that the average measurement is already too big, so 49 inches is definitely an excessively large measurement from a health perspective.

Sure, you can have large hips due to gluteal muscle mass and a large bone structure, but lean mass alone is highly unlikely to account for someone having a 49 inch hip size.

What's more likely is that you tend to store a lot of fat around your hips, which can drastically increase your circumference measurement.

So, while there are definitely some women who have bigger hips, 49" hips are still indicative that you're overweight or obese and should seek to improve your health by shedding some body fat (more on that in a minute).

How about for a man?

A man showing his 49 inch hips

As mentioned, 49 inch hips are 10 inches larger than normal for a man and are virtually a guarantee that you're carrying too much body fat.

Indeed, men tend to store more body fat around their waists and comparatively less around their hips. So, if you have a typical male fat storage distribution, then you pretty much know that your hips are far too large if they measure 49 inches in circumference.

Of course, many men who lift weights and train their lower body seriously do have pretty large hips. But as I said above, muscle mass alone is highly unlikely to account for your 49 inch butt.

Is it okay to have a 49 inch butt?

A woman looking at her 49 inch butt in the mirror

While it's okay to be happy with your body, it would be irresponsible of me to say that you can have a 49 inch butt and still be healthy.

As I've said elsewhere, large hips can actually be protective against different diseases. But when researchers talk about large hips, they're almost certainly not talking about 49 inch hips.

So, by all means, embrace your body. But understand that you need to shrink your 49 inch booty sooner or later if you want to enjoy your best health. So, how do you do that?

Shrinking your 49" hips pretty much comes down to losing weight because, when you drop fat, all of your circumference measurements tend to get smaller, and that definitely includes your hips.

To lose weight, you simply need to put your body in an energy deficit, which is a physiological state that you can achieve by expending energy via exercise and/or restricting your energy intake by consuming fewer calories.

You can, of course, still train your 49 inch glutes with weights during your fat loss journey so that you end up with a firm butt.

What size are 49 inch hips?

A chart showing what size 49 inch hips are in women's clothing

It depends on the brand and on the item of clothing. But in many cases, 49 inch hips are equal to a women's XXL, which works out at a US size 18-20.

Conclusion: Should you slim your 49" hips?

A woman with a 49 inch hip size outside

If your 49 inch hips are a sign that you're carrying excess body fat, then it would definitely be beneficial for your physical health to embark on a sustainable weight loss regime.

Very few healthy people have 49" hips because, in order to have hips that size, you'd need a very big frame and a massive amount of gluteal muscle mass, which just isn't most people's genetics.

Brianna Martin
Brianna Martin has worked in health and wellness media for more than 8 years. She uses her organisational skills and passion for fitness to organise our team of content creators. As a former track and field athlete, Bri still hits the gym hard 5 times a week to maintain her flexibility and athleticism.
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