AS BELLIES GROW, BRAINS SHRINK

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

BELLY fat has been linked to a new haz­ard. It seems peo­ple with ex­ces­sive fat around their mid­dles tend to have less grey mat­ter in their brains than peo­ple of a health­ier weight.

Re­searchers from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity and Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don mea­sured the

BMI and waistto-hip ra­tio of 9,652 mid­dle-aged peo­ple and used MRI to scan brain vol­ume.

Those with a BMI of 30 or more (mak­ing them obese) and a high waist-to-hip ra­tio had a sig­nif­i­cantly lower av­er­age grey mat­ter vol­ume than those of healthy weight.

Sci­en­tists are, how­ever, un­sure if brain shrink­age drives obe­sity or vice versa. Poor diet and lack of ex­er­cise could be re­spon­si­ble.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.