The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function. The research, conducted by French scientists, which is published in this month's Neurology journal, involved men and women aged between 32 and 62 taking four mental ability tests that were then repeated five years later.No word yet on whether fatness causes stupidity or stupidity causes fatness. Be sure and check out the picture of the woman who claims that she didn't get any smarter when she lost weight.
The researchers found that people with a Body Mass Index -- a measure of body fat -- of 20 or less could recall 56 per cent of words in a vocabulary test, while those who were obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, could remember only 44 per cent.
The fatter subjects also showed a higher rate of cognitive decline when they were retested five years later: their recall dropped to 37.5 per cent, whereas those with a healthy weight retained their level of recall.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Obesity correlated to low IQ