People who carry too much weight around their middle have smaller brains, scientists have found for the first time.
Researchers from Loughborough University and University College London discovered that people with a high body mass index (BMI) and high waist-to-hip ratio had brains that were 12 cubic cms smaller than people of a healthy weight.
Dr Mark Hamer, Professor of Exercise as Medicine, at Loughbourough, said it was unclear if the differences in brain structure were caused by obesity itself or were driving it.
But he said it could explain why people who are overweight are more likely to develop dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
“Existing research has linked brain shrinkage…