Annals of Behavioral Medcine
The Society of Behavioral Medicine
Background. Previous studies have demonstrated a relationship between central adiposity and cognitive function. However, only some of these studies have adjusted for cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease, and none have also adjusted for physical activity level. Purpose. The purpose of the study was to examine the association between anthropometric measures of central adiposity (waist circumference and waist/hip ratio) and cognitive functioning with adjustment for cardiovascular disease risk factors and physical activity. Methods. Participants were 917 stroke- and dementia-free community-dwelling adults (59% women) in the Maine– Syracuse Study. The design was cross-sectional. Outcome measures included tests from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Battery, the Wechsler Memory Scale Revised, and the Mini-Mental State Examination.
Dore, G. A., Elias, M. F., Robbins, M. A., Budge, M. M., & Elias, P. K. (2008). Relationship between central adiposity and cognitive function in the Maine-Syracuse Study: Attenuation by physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 341-350.
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