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The Toll Being Overweight Takes On Your Brain

Friday, March 10, 2017 16:09
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By  Deane Alban

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

You are  probably pretty familiar with the health problems associated with being overweight. It can put you at risk for developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes…. among others.

But you may not know the burden that being overweight puts on your brain.

Does a Big Belly Equal a Small Brain?

Dr. Majid Fotuhi, author of The Memory Cure, states “as the belly expands, the brain shrinks”.


There have been numerous studies in the news lately about the connection between being overweight and memory loss. Here are some of the alarming findings:

  • Compared to people of normal weight, overweight people have 4% less tissue and obese people have 8% less brain tissue. This loss is not insignificant! According to Dr. Paul Thompson, a UCLA professor of neurology, this is considered severe brain degeneration and puts you at greater risk for developing brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Compared to people of normal weight, overweight people’s brains look 8 years older and obese people’s brains appear 16 years older.
  • The more overweight you are, the more brain shrinkage and corresponding brain function loss you are likely to have.


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