The Scientists at the University College London and Loughborough University in the UK reached these conclusions by studying the UK Biobank, a vast stockpile of data on individuals’ genetics and health.
They looked at almost 9,652 people in the UK, with an average age of 55, accounting for all kinds of other factors that could potentially sway the results, such as age and how physically active they were. Measuring the body mass index (BMI) and the waist-to-hip ratios of its participants, the research found that those with higher ratios of both criteria had the lowest brain volume.
The white matter, however, did not appear to be affected by obesity. “While our study found obesity, especially around the middle, was associated with lower gray matter brain volumes, it’s unclear if abnormalities in brain structure lead to obesity, or if obesity leads to these changes in the brain,” study author Dr Mark Hamer said in a statement.
“We also found links between obesity and shrinkage in specific regions of the brain. This will need further research but it may be possible that someday regularly measuring BMI and waist-to-hip ratio may help determine brain health.”
Meanwhile, the connection between reduced brain volume and abdominal fat could suggest that inflammation and vascular factors may be at work. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇