Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fit Brain addendum -Obesity

Obesity isn't a normal topic for this blog, but this latest research showing its negative influence on the brain coincides with my last post so well I'm including it.

More Obesity Blues: Obese People Are At Greater Risk For Developing Alzheimer's, Study Finds
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They found that obese people had 8 percent less brain tissue than people with normal weight, while overweight people had 4 percent less tissue. According to Thompson, who is also a member of UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, this is the first time anyone has established a link between being overweight and having what he describes as "severe brain degeneration."
University of California - Los Angeles. "More Obesity Blues: Obese People Are At Greater Risk For Developing Alzheimer's, Study Finds." ScienceDaily 25 August 2009
There is a long list of health problems caused or exacerbated by being overweight, to which brain degeneration can be added.  The good thing, the really great thing, is that the treatment for obesity- better diet and more exercise, is good for the other aspects of your health at the same time.  Isn't the body amazing?

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