Scientists have identified an obesity epidemic that spans the globe. Obesity is bad for the brain, period. Big may be beautiful but it is not beautiful for the brain. Take a look at these study results:
- Studies of 8,000 twins showed that being overweight doubled the risk of dementia, and being obese quadrupled it. A higher BMI (Body Mass Index) was associated with shrinkage in every region of the cortex.
- Individuals with excess belly fat are more than 3 times as likely to develop memory loss and dementia later in life compared with those with a svelte waistline.