September 12th, 2018

// Among body shapes, pears are healthier than apples


Among body shapes, pears are healthier than apples

UC Riverside mouse study finds male obesity is linked to brain inflammation 
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For women, fat usually accumulates around the hips, resulting in a pear-shaped look. In men, fat tends to build up around the abdomen, creating an apple shape.


As it turns out, it’s healthier to be a pear than an apple.


A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found that only male mice experienced neuroinflammation, or activation of the immune system’s response in the brain, after being fed a high-fat diet. While females were unaffected, males showed low testosterone and reduced sperm count, in addition to neuroinflammation.


Increased obesity is a public health concern in the United States, where more than 30 percent of people are obese, and more than two-thirds are overweight.


Advice from Djurdjica Coss, the lead researcher: ‘Watch your diet! And keep an eye on body weight, particularly around the abdomen.’


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