Saturday, April 30, 2005

obesity in middle age linked with dementia

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this baby is obese and crazy.

not only is the america's obesity increasing, but it will soon lead to a civilization of overweight drooling zombies. according to scientists at kaiser permanente, people considered merely overweight increased their risk of dementia later in life (like alzheimer's) by 35%, while those categorized as obese increased their risk by a whopping 74%. they believe that the loss of mental acuity comes more specifically from inflammation, which is elevated in obese people. gordon winocur has also shown that high-fat diets impair the mental functioning of even very young animals - all the more reason to drop the extra pounds.

full article at newscientist

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