Those of us with beer bellies and love handles are at an increased risk of developing dementia, it is claimed.
If someone is both obese and apple-shaped – carrying more weight around their middle than on their hips – a study has found they have a smaller brain.
British researchers discovered less grey matter in these people, suggesting their brain had shrunk. This shrinkage raises the risk of memory loss and dementia in older age.
Researchers led by Loughborough University looked at more than 9,600 individuals aged 40 to 69, measuring their waist and hips as well as their body mass index.