Obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue?

Posted: 8/26/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

I knew that being overweight had a lot of downsides such as a negative effect on blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease to name a few, but this is the first time I have seen this linked to affects on the human brain and it just gives us another reason to cut back on the calories. This is really a great little article and a real eye opener for me and I am not obese but, it makes me want to cut back a little more on the corn bread and pork chops oh, uh, and the vanilla shakes.

A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals.
Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today. Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years. The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent "severe brain degeneration," said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.

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