Pear shaped Women have memory problems

Posted by SwatiR on Jul 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Fat deposited around the hips could increase a woman's risk of suffering memory loss.

US researchers have found that a woman’s body shape could affect on her memory : ” pear-shaped women (bootylicious) are more likely to have memory problems in later life than apple shapes”

Scientists studied 8745 women aged 65 to 79 who were given scores out of 100 after taking a mental test.

According to the findings, for every one point increase in a woman’s body mass index (BMI), her memory score dropped by one point. The women were scored on a 100-point memory test and the study controlled for variables such as diabetes and heart disease.

“The message is obesity and a higher BMI are not good for your cognition and your memory. While the women’s scores were still in the normal range, the added weight definitely had a detrimental effect,” said lead researcher, Dr Diana Kerwin of Northwestern University in Chicago.


The type of fat women typically deposited on the hips is the reason behind, pear-shaped women experienced more memory problems than apple shaped women. Fat releases hormones called cytokines that can cause inflammation and may interfere with memory and mental skills. Different kinds of fat release different cytokines, and have different effects on blood pressure, cholesterol levels and insulin resistance.

These women were also weighed and measured and scored on an obesity scale called BMI (Body Index Mass). Over one third were overweight. Researchers revealed that for every one point increase in a woman’s BMI, her memory score dropped by one point. The pear-shaped women with smaller waists but bigger hips particularly scored poorly.

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