Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fat-Bottomed Girls Are More Forgetful

I wonder if this applies to men as well. If so, I think that I may have found the root of all my forgetfulness.
Researchers have long known that fat people can suffer cognitive impairments, but a new study suggests that the location of the flab can make a difference, too. Women who carry their weight on their hips experience markedly more deterioration of memory and cognitive function than those who carry their fat higher on their body, researchers found. The exact reason isn't yet known, but scientists speculate that hormones released by hip fat could cause inflammation and lead to reduced cognitive ability. The findings suggest that obesity could play a role in the decline of mental ability as people age and that certain body types could be more vulnerable to the effect than others. "The fat may contribute to the formation of plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease or a restricted blood flow to the brain," said the study's lead author. "The added weight definitely had a detrimental effect."
Credits: Slate Magazine via CNN

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