Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Obesity Epidemic and the Brain, #2

Studies have shown that being overweight or obese can be lethal for any brain, but it may be even more dangerous to the female brain. For example:

  • Women who are obese throughout life are more likely to lose brain tissue—linked to cognitive decline in the temporal lobe, involved with language, memory, and hearing. As their BMI (Body Mass Index) increased, their risk of brain atrophy (shrinkage) also increased from 13 to 16 percent.

  • Adult obese women showed increased risk of brain atrophy (shrinkage), which increases their risk for brain damage. A higher BMI was associated with shrinkage in every region of the cortex.

  • The higher a woman’s weight and BMI, the worse off she was in terms of brain function

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