New health research sparking controversy on various platforms is that of American Academy of Neurology that claims that men with Potbellies have smaller brains.
It states further that as the belly increases in fat the corresponding reaction is a decrease in the brain volume of the victim cautioning against increasing potbellies in the system.
In some part of the world, potbellies are signs of wealth though health expert attributes it to lack of exercise and bad eating happen which makes owners susceptible to some conditions like High Blood Pressure and others which is injuries to their health.
To compound what is widely known, MyNewsGh.com sighted a report on lifestyle.thecable.ng arguing that measuring the body mass index (BMI) and the waist-to-hip ratios of its participants, the research found that those with higher ratios of both criteria had the lowest brain volume.
About 1000 participants with higher BMI and waist-to-hip ratio were marked with the lowest amount of grey matter in their brains.
Gray matter is component of the central nervous system that is responsible for processing information and controls emotion, memory, and intellect, all of which tell on the growth and development of the brain.
It is responsible for sensory perception, self-control and muscle movement.
“We also found links between obesity and shrinkage in specific regions of the brain,” said Mark Hamer, lead author of the study.
“This will need further research but it may be possible that someday, regularly measuring BMI and waist-to-hip ratio may help determine brain health.”
Mark, however, warned that it is still unclear whether the brain structure anomalies were responsible for obesity in the participants or that their obesity led to the brain changes.
Source : Ghana Web. com