Brain Degeneration and Obesity

"The brains of obese people looked 16 years older than the brains of those who were lean, and in overweight people looked 8 years older."

This is quite shocking news. Just one more item added to the long list of negative health effects obesity leads to. Also mentioned in the article is the fact that age didn't matter, this effect spanned all age groups. The loss of brain tissue increases the risk of alzheimers as well as other forms of dementia.

The areas affected were those related to planning and memory, executive functions and attention as well as long term memory and movement.

Those with the loss were in the BMI categories between 25-30 (overweight) and over 30 (obese).