Colorado may have one of the lowest obesity rates in the U.S., ranking at 51st; but considering this means that “only”21.3% of Coloradans are obese is nothing to celebrate with a double helping of Baked Alaska.
Now there is even more reason to get the lead out. A new study published in the The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology shows a link between one’s weight and their memory. Study subjects were provided a computerized game in which they hid objects. Several days later they were asked to find those objects. Those who were heftier performed significantly poorer then their less rotund contemporaries.
Scientists have long held that how and what we eat can have an effect on the hippocampus, the portion of the brain that affects the formation of long-term memory and spatial navigation. Interestingly, this is the first area of the brain to “go” with Alzheimer’s, which several studies have linked to diet. Some have even postulated that Alzheimer’s is a form of Diabetes, and have called in Diabetes Type III.
On an increasing basis we are finding out what we eat and how much we eat is having long-term consequences on our overall health. According to the Centers for Disease Control 48.7% of adults are currently using at least one prescription drug, and often these drugs are used to counteract the effects of poor eating habits: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes., sleep apnea, respiratory problems and coronary heart disease.
Want a double fudge sundae? Think about it while you still can.