Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Your Brain on Fat

The AARP bulletin has this little tidbit to share:

The brain appears to shrink more and age faster in overweight people.  One study compared the brain images of people who were of normal weight with those of overweight people (body mass index 25 to 30) of the same age.  The overweight people had 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains looked eight years older than the brains of the people of normal weight.  The brains of obese subjects (BMI over 30) had 8 percent less tissue and looked 16 years older.  That loss of tissue depletes brain reserves and puts people at a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Yipes!  A little more motivation here....

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