Excess weight-related memory loss

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Excess body weight is not a problem only aesthetic, indeed, precisely aesthetics are less important in this case since, excessive visceral fat, can cause various diseases very problematic in our body. A recent study links excess body weight with memory loss.

The study conducted at the University of Cambridge shows an association between high body mass index and poorer performance on a test of episodic memory, which can increase the evidence from a relationship of memory and overeating.

Obesity has been linked to dysfunction of the hippocampus, a brain area associated with memory and learning, and the frontal lobe, the part of the brain involved in decision-making, problem solving and emotions, suggesting that it could also affect memory. However, it seems that science shows increasing evidence between the memory impairment and obesity.

Obesity increases the risk of physical health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and psychological health problems such as depression and anxiety. To some extent, hunger and satiety are driven by the balance of hormones in our body and brain, but psychological factors also play an important role, we tend to eat more when we are distracted by television, work and even when we sad for example.

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The researchers tested 50 participants between 18 and 35 years old, with BMIs between 18 and 51. Participants made ​​a memory test where he asked them to hide items around complex scenes for two days, after this, he asked them to remember the items that were hidden and where they had hidden. After this test, it was observed that individuals with higher BMI had worse outcomes.

The study actually was a small, preliminary study, which cannot be extracted generalized conclusions, but it can make us glimpse that overweight people tend to have poorer episodic memory in everyday life.

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