We know that obesity can lead to many medical problems including diabetes, sleep apnea, depression, heart disease. According to a recent, obesity has been linked to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Increase in weight is linked to decline in cognitive performance. Neuroimaging studies of people with morbid obesity suggest that they are at a risk for brain atrophy.
Recent research shows that children with obesity have early brain damage and it is associated with memory problems. Being overweight along with a diet rich in sugar and saturated fats affect the brain and reduces impulse control, which in turn makes it difficult for those children to resist the temptation to eat those same foods that are causing the damage.
Study suggests that obesity reduces the white matter of brain, this affects the ability of a brain to relay signals throughout different parts of the brain. Obesity reduces the brain size in several areas important for attention, memory, and processing speed. As people grow older, they become more vulnerable to brain-related disorders which can make the effect of obesity more important.
A high-fat diet may disrupt brain signals that regulate appetite. A system is designed to control the eating of high-fat and high-sugar foods. A group of specific proteins were found by Dr. Galli’s team which are responsible for hijacking, they cause changes in brain that lead to a vicious cycle of eating increasing amounts of high-fat and high-sugar foods that likely further cement these changes.
Foods that can help to boost the brain’s function:
- Dark Chocolate
- Green, Leafy Vegetables
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Srija Sam| Program Manager
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