Two Women Running on the Beach
As if women didn't have enough reasons to worry about their weight, according to CNN, here is one more:
The more a woman weighs, the worse her memory, according to research released this week from Northwestern Medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The effect is more pronounced in women who carry excess weight around their hips, known as pear shapes, than women who carry it around their waists, called apple shapes. The reason pear-shaped women experienced more memory and brain function deterioration than apple-shaped women is likely related to the type of fat deposited around the hips versus the waist.
"We need to find out if one kind of fat is more detrimental than the other, and how it affects brain function," said Dr. Diana Kerwin, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of medicine and a physician at Northwestern Medicine. "The fat may contribute to the formation of plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease or a restricted blood flow to the brain."
"The study tells us if we have a woman in our office, and we know from her waist-to-hip ratio that she's carrying excess fat on her hips, we might be more aggressive with weight loss," Kerwin said. "We can't change where your fat is located, but having less of it is better." ... CNN
What about if you happen to be a little bit chubby all over? Does that mean you can remember some things and not others? How on earth does where a person carries weight affect how their memory works ... unless both are related to a sedentary lifestyle.
I remember another "scientific study" about 20 years ago that concluded with the finding that women with larger breasts have smaller brains. That caused quite a stir, and was eventually disproven. I think the only conclusion one can reach from these studies is that -- once again -- women are being stereotyped according to body shape.
Oh, goodness... how silly.