Being overweight may slow down the brain

July 14, 2010 8:05:05 PM PDT
New research suggests that being overweight not only slows you down physically, it can slow you down mentally as well.

A study from the Northwestern School of Medicine shows the more an older woman weighs, the worse her memory is.

Researchers gave 9,000 women aged 65 to 79 a memory test and examined their body mass index.

They found a woman's memory decreased as her BMI went up and memory scores dropped even more for women with thicker waists.

Researchers say the study could provide further guidance for doctors to help their obese patients.