Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Expanding Waistlines lead to Smaller Brains

Source: (HealthDay)

According to new research out of UCLA, for every excess pound of weight a person carries around on their frame, their brains get a little bit smaller.

The authors of the study explain that the mass of brain tissue in elderly individuals who were obese or overweight was markedly reduced compared to normal weight individuals. In fact, the brains of the overweight or obese individuals resembled those of individuals far older than they were, up to a whopping 16 years older, with significant tissue loss, especially in the frontal lobes which are responsible for decision making and memory functions.

Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of obesity surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, warns that this can have many serious and frightening consequences including the prospect of Alzheimer's disease. He explains, "Obesity affects every system in your body. The body can't be splintered. It's completely linked. We are what we eat and we eat too much,". "The bottom line is that an obese, sedentary person is going to have a breakdown of every organ system, and that includes a greater chance of impotence and infertility and other things that people don't generally think are directly related to obesity."

Read the entire article "As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink" from HealthDay (August 26, 2009)