EDITORS NOTE: This is NOT confirmed science, just ONE new, but powerful study.
Fat people are less intelligent than people with a normal weight, a provocative study claims.
Overweight men and women have less grey and white matter in key areas of the brain.
They also have greater impulsivity and ‘altered reward processing’, the study said.
The researchers said that their findings could explain why overweight people make poor diet choices – they do not have the mental capacity to control themselves.
Nor are they able to stop themselves from making poor choices when the do eat something.
The theory is likely to prove controversial as weight loss campaigners have emphasised that each individual has different reasons for their struggle with their body.
Overweight men and women have less grey and white matter in key areas of the brain, the study claims
The research involved sophisticated brain images of 32 adults recruited from the city of Baltimore in Maryland, 16 men and 16 women
Anyone who had a history of brain damage, substance abuse or mental illness was excluded from the group.