Being Overweight Can Lead You To Memory Loss

By: Niharika Choudhary

Did you know that being overweight is illegal in Japan? The government has set a "Metabo Law" that has certain mandatory weight and waist line limits for people, and all the Japanese have to abide by this law. Failing to do so might result in paying hefty fines or even imprisonment.

No wonder, if such a rule was followed in India, half of the Indian population would be behind the bars for being obese or overweight!

However, it's very obvious that the rest of the world has no such laws or rules. According to a survey, there are around 300 million people across the globe who are considered as being obese, which means they have a body mass index (BMI) higher than the standard limit of 30.

Similarly, more than 1 billion people have been classified as being overweight, which means their BMI ranges to a value between 25 and 30.

According to researches, apart from the numerous health disorders, people who fall under the category of 'obese' and 'overweight' are the main contenders of putting their mental health at risk. Yes, these people are the most prone to the risk of memory loss.

Hence, read on to know more about how being fat can actually lead to memory loss.

Count Your Calories

Many researches suggest that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day might increase the risk of memory loss or lead to mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

However, the good news is that this effects people aged 70 years or more.

So, you know when to stop your grandmom when she's about to go for a second round of desserts, right?


Obesity Is Going To Cost Your Brain Development

According to a research, obese and overweight people have 4 to 8 per cent lesser brain tissue than people with normal weight. Does 8% sound mediocre to you?

Just for your information, human beings have about 100 billion neurons, whereas obese and overweight people lose about 8 billion neurons out of these 100 billion.

This is quite big a loss!


Obesity Limits The Flow Of Glucose

The constant decline in the percentage of neurons hampers the other functions of the brain as well.

This also leads to limiting of glucose supply to the cells, and this in turn affects the cells to perform energy-requiring tasks like memory processing and storage.


Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor or BDNF

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF controls the development and differentiation of neurons.

Being overweight and abnormal eating habits affect your BDNF, which might eventually affect your other related health disorders.


Obesity And Overweight Give Rise To Many Health Disorders

Being overweight puts you to a risk of heart diseases, hypertension, increase in your risk of succumbing to type 2 diabetes and also badly hits your libido.

There's Always Hope

Like every cloud has a silver lining, so do you also have a chance of getting back in shape.

Do not give into obesity but conquer it.

Always remember, 'temptations might be many but life is only one'.

So, choose life!


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Story first published: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 2:00 [IST]
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