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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Here's Another Reason To Watch Your Weight!

Obesity is associated with memory deficits in young and middle-aged adults.
Recent findings suggest obesity is associated with reduced memory performance in older adults. The present study examined whether similar deficits also exist in younger adults and the degree to which the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and memory varies as a function of age. Prior to inclusion, participants were rigorously screened and excluded for medical conditions known to impact cognitive functioning, including neurological disorders, head injury, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. A total of 486 healthy adults completed a verbal list-learning task. Participants were categorized into normal weight, overweight, and obese groups based on their BMI. Performance on learning, delayed recall, and recognition performance were compared across BMI groups. Results showed obese individuals had poorer memory performance when comparing persons across the adult lifespan (age 21-82 yr), but also when examining only younger and middle-aged adults (age 21-50 yr). Regression analyses found no evidence of an interaction between BMI and age on any memory variable, suggesting the relationship between BMI and memory does not vary with age. These findings provide further support for an independent relationship between obesity and reduced memory performance and suggest these effects are not limited to older adults. Further research is needed to identify etiological factors.
Brown Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Behavioral Medicine, Providence, RI, USA. jgunstad@kent.edu

* Gunstad J,
* Paul RH,
* Cohen RA,
* Tate DF,
* Gordon E.

This article abstract was retrieved through Google on July 20, 2006 from EntrezPubMed at www.pubmed.gov

As you can see, the field of cognitive study is even affected by the study and treatment of Obesity. There are several other articles about this fascinating aspect of the study of Obesity and how it affects your general health. Drs Gunstad, Paul, Cohen, Tate and Gordon have collaborated in the publication of the results of this study and are eminent researchers in this field. I thought it might be of interest to you, my readers. Upcoming, the effect of exercise on memory.

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Kuo HK, Jones RN, Milberg WP, Tennstedt S, Talbot L, Morris JN, Lipsitz LA. Related Articles, Links
Abstract Cognitive function in normal-weight, overweight, and obese older adults: an analysis of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly cohort.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Jan;54(1):97-103.
PMID: 16420204 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Christa said...

Wow...I had no clue that overweight could affect your memory at all. For some silly reason it doesn't seem to be any connection between the two, but I guess it's all in the same body.
I'm still losing weight and so far I've lost 2 sizes in clothes. I will stick to this low fat diet after the surgery as well, even if I can eat anything I want.
Oh...and we have the connection back. At least for now ;)

Unknown said...

COOL, I'll drop by! Congrats on the 2 sizes, by the way, even though I know that weight loss was of the painful variety!

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