It seems like every day brings a new health problem associated with obesity. I was reading CNN.com today and came across this article about the relationship between a woman’s weight and body shape and her memory.
Apparently, a large scale study was done on women ages 65 to 79 and it was determined that for every 1 point increase in their body mass index (BMI) there is a correlating 1 point decrease in their memory score. The article fails to mention the significance of a 1 point drop in this score. It could be negligible, it could mean that they will be forgetting their grand children’s names.
The more a woman weighs, the worse her memory the study claims. Also, having a pear shaped body (and associated abdominal and hip fat) leads to more memory problems. It seems that there is a possible link between body fat and a restricted blood flow to the brain.
From a memory standpoint, having an apple body type is superior to the pear body type. Unfortunately, nothing was said about watermelons…….
The bad news is that mid section fat is linked to diabetes, strokes, and now decreased memory function. The good news is that you will probably forget all about it….
I actually wasn’t planning to write about this article, but when I saw the popularity of it (check out the Facebook shares!!), I figured it might be worth a mention.