Thursday, January 10, 2019

If you're fat and stupid, here's why

Researchers have found a link between belly, or visceral, fat and smaller brains.
The study, from the United Kingdom, found that people who were obese and had a high waist-to-hip ratio (a measure of belly fat) had slightly lower brain volumes, on average, compared with people who were a healthy weight. Specifically, belly fat was linked with lower volumes of gray matter, the brain tissue that contains nerve cells.
So, calling your friend fat and stupid may not be too far off the mark.

They don't know what causes this connection, but one hypothesis is that this type of fat is thought to produce inflammatory substances that may play a role in brain atrophy, the researchers said.

Visceral fat is stored in the abdominal cavity and is also known as 'active fat' as it influences how hormones function in the body. Because visceral fat is found in the abdominal cavity, it is close to many vital organs such as the pancreas, liver, and intestines. The higher the amount of visceral fat a person stores the more at risk they are for certain health complications, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Your doctor can test you for this, but it's costly. One inexpensive clue is your waistline. A woman whose waist measures 35 inches or more is likely to have excess visceral fat. The same is true of a man whose waist measures 40 inches or more.

You won't be surprised by this: The way to eliminate it is diet and exercise.

(Thanks, Kathy)

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