How Your BMI Might Affect Your Brain

How Your BMI Might Affect Your Brain

There are plenty of reasons it's important to maintain a healthy weight, and now you can add one more to the list: It may be good for your brain.

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that having a higher body mass index, or BMI, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults.

How? They say inflammation is to blame.

"The higher your BMI, the more your inflammation goes up," said Kyle Bourassa, lead author of the study, which is published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. "Prior research has found that inflammation — particularly in the brain — can negatively impact brain function and cognition."

Previous studies also have linked higher BMI — an index of body fat based on height and weight — to lower cognitive functioning. But how and why the two are connected was far less clear.

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Study also referenced in NPR article, The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Wasteline:
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/30/506433671/the-wrong-eating-habits-can-hurt-your-brain-not-just-your-waistline

Published Date: 
10/18/2016 - 13:36