Can losing weight improve memory?

Photo credit

John Gunstad, an associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers have discovered a link between weight loss and improved memory and concentration. The study shows that bariatric surgery patients exhibited improved memory function 12 weeks after their operations.

And

Gunstad wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings. “A lot of the factors that come with obesity — things such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea — that might damage the brain are somewhat reversible,” Gunstad said. “As those problems go away, memory function gets better.”

The team’s next project will examine whether people who experience behavioral weight loss see the same effects as those who have had bariatric surgery. Gunstad said he expects to see similar results.

“One of the things we know is that as individuals become more cardiovascular fit and their heart health gets better, their brain health also improves,” Gunstad added. “Even if we take young adults and put them through an exercise program, their memory and their concentration get better by the end of the program.”

Source: Science Daily

If you want to learn more about the science behind the obesity epidemic I recommend the book Waistland by Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett. It covers the obesity epidemic from an evolutionary standpoint and introduced me to the novel concept of “supernormal stimuli.”

If you want to learn more about fast food, this is a great read.

You should follow me on Facebook here. I’ve started posting extra content on that page. Don’t miss out; go here and hit the “Like” button.

You can also subscribe via RSS, Twitter, or email.  Check out the site’s most popular posts of all time.

Related Posts:

Does dieting make food look bigger?

As we get fatter are we less able to notice it?

What’s more effective than exercise in losing weight and is much easier?

Can people distinguish pâté from dog food?

Can you prevent climate change by going on a diet?

Are Obese Women More Impulsive?

Having trouble concentrating? You might not be eating enough fatty foods.

How to trick yourself into eating less food and spending less money

Do people really want healthy food?

Can a prisoner request anything for his last meal?

Can the mere idea of fast food make you impatient?

Does Wal-Mart make people fat?

Could a morbidly obese goalie shut out an NHL team?

If obesity becomes the norm, will people get fatter “to keep up with the Joneses?”

Is romance ruining your waistline?

Your Facebook friends are making you fat

What takes more years off your life than smoking or obesity?

Does making a public commitment work as an incentive to lose weight?

Are fat people jolly?

Can you *never* eat and still feel full?

Are fat people jolly? – Part 2

Does encouraging people to exercise make them eat more?


Tags:
Posted In:
Post Details