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An alarming study by the University of Michigan revealed that while unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise are among the top contributors to weight changes, air pollution also plays a critical role in the increasing cases of female obesity.
The scientists found that the changes in body mass index mostly affected menopausal women aged between 40 to 50 years who lived in regions with high amounts of nitrogen dioxide and other harmful agents. Living in such environments caused about a 4.5% increase in body fat.
In addition, the scientists found links between regular physical activity and how it impacted harmful exposure to air pollution. According to the findings, women who had a daily physical activity similar to a workout with 60 exercises observed mitigated weight changes.
Previously, research confirmed that living in polluted regions long-term – typically for more than five years – can result in a 50% increased risk of dementia in women.
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