Monday, February 23, 2015

Obesity Epidemic and the Brain

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.

 More tomorrow

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