A study of more than 700 adults showed that being overweight is associated with smaller brain volume, a factor linked with dementia.
The finding was particularly strong in those with high levels of visceral fat – fatty tissue which sits around the organs, Annals of Neurology reported.
More than 750,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.
The researchers from Boston University School of Medicine looked at people with an average age of 60 years old, 70% of whom were women.
They measured body mass index, waist circumference and used scans to look at the amount of abdominal fat.
The results showed that as BMI increased, brain volume decreased – a finding that has been reported in other studies.
But the findings also showed a closer connection between abdominal fat and the risk of dementia.
The link between visceral fat around the central organs and smaller brain volume was independent of overall weight.
This is the moment workers tried to move a 100-year-old statue – and dropped it!
Footage of the Belgian crew’s disastrous attempt to move the monument appeared on YouTube yesterday.
The film shows the workers try to lift the stone statue from it’s plinth using a hoist
But it slips through the attached guide ropes and crashes to the ground, breaking into pieces in the process.
A BRAWNY kangaroo that has been seeking love of late has focussed his lust on the women of a Territory town.
The well-endowed macropod has been hanging around the Honeymoon Ranges in Tennant Creek recently, making every effort to woo a woman.
One resident who walks along the bike track to the Mary Ann Dam regularly said she realized she was being followed early one morning.
“I turned around and saw this big kangaroo behind me, so I hastened my steps,” she said.
“It seemed a bit odd, but I continued walking and didn’t think much about it.
“Then on the return walk he was there waiting for me,” she said.
“With his male pride on full alert, he started circling me.
“There was no doubt about what he wanted, the randy old thing.
“It was a huge kangaroo and quite intimidating.
“I yelled at him to go away, waved my hands about and let him know I wasn’t interested, but he was persistent – I’ll give him that.”
The woman said the roo bounded off when other walkers approached.
The jolly jumper made another appearance at a recent night-time speedway meeting.
Mother-of-three, Tanya Wilson, who was behind the pits, noticed he had come to check out the action.
“I thought it was strange that a kangaroo would come to such a noisy place, but I grew up around kangaroos so I went up to say hello,” she said. “There I was having a nice chat to him when I heard others calling out to me, warning me to step away.
“I didn’t take any notice of them because I didn’t think I had anything to worry about. I thought he was just a cute, friendly kangaroo.”
Tanya was oblivious to the amorous nature of the interlude, but the kangaroo’s intentions were clearly evident to other speedway fans.
“Yeah, apparently he was quite aroused,” she said.
“I’m actually glad I didn’t notice.”
There were reports a male speedway fan confronted the kangaroo but came off second best when the beast punched him in the face.
A farm where scenes from the 1996 movie “Twister” were shot was hit last week by a real tornado.
J. Berry Harrison Sr. lost a horse, two houses, five barns, two silos and miscellaneous farm and irrigation equipment in the storm, but his family was not hurt, he said Saturday.
“We built all this in 50 years and it blew away in 15 minutes. It was quite a wind,” he said.
Harrison’s son and wife, their son and a niece were in one of the homes when the tornado hit. He said the house lost its roof, but the walls stayed intact.
During the filming of a scene in “Twister,” film crews tracked actors along a road and taking shelter beneath a bridge as a tornado passed over. The track of the fictitious tornado in the film and the real one that hit Monday appeared eerily familiar, Harrison said.
“The path of the tornado came exactly the same way that they made it in the movie,” he said.
The two silos destroyed in the storm were also pictured in the film, as was the tractor left on the bridge in the movie. The tractor wasn’t damaged.
…Causing him to fall off the bridge