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Obese people have less brains than lean people
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A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today.

Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years.

The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent "severe brain degeneration," said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.

"That's a big loss of tissue and it depletes your cognitive reserves, putting you at much greater risk of Alzheimer's and other diseases that attack the brain," said Thompson. "But you can greatly reduce your risk for Alzheimer's, if you can eat healthily and keep your weight under control."

Theories and the like are here.

And for the linkaphobic and the lazy, being fat melts your brain.

Note how they only used 94 people. 94 old people.
Because the age aspect could absolutely play no part in it.
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Thats why you keep a Nintendo DS with Sudoku in it at all times. XD
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Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...
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ayunisa wrote:

Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...


Nah, don't sweat it. It was done on only 94 people (that's really low for a study) in an age group that is probably more likely to already be showing brain degeneration.
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I thought the brain was like made of fat or something?
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Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


ayunisa wrote:

Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...


Nah, don't sweat it. It was done on only 94 people (that's really low for a study) in an age group that is probably more likely to already be showing brain degeneration.


Well what if i'm a skinny anorexic guy that has type 2 diabeties?
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cdplayer6 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


ayunisa wrote:

Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...


Nah, don't sweat it. It was done on only 94 people (that's really low for a study) in an age group that is probably more likely to already be showing brain degeneration.


Well what if i'm a skinny anorexic guy that has type 2 diabeties?


It's likely a correlation thing, not a causation thing. In that, a lot of slimmer people are more physically active than obese people (yes, I know there are obese people who are physically active, I'm talking generalities here). Physical activity can create new synaptic connections in the brain, increasing the amount of brain tissue. If you are inactive, you are likely not creating as many new synaptic connections in your brain, therefore not increasing the amount of brain tissue. It's simple. You also have to understand that the amount of brain tissue you have doesn't necessarily directly affect your IQ.
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You think there'd be more room for brainz.

What if they lose weight? Do they get back their 8%?
If I lose weight will I gain 8%?

So many questions...
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Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


cdplayer6 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


ayunisa wrote:

Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...


Nah, don't sweat it. It was done on only 94 people (that's really low for a study) in an age group that is probably more likely to already be showing brain degeneration.


Well what if i'm a skinny anorexic guy that has type 2 diabeties?


It's likely a correlation thing, not a causation thing. In that, a lot of slimmer people are more physically active than obese people (yes, I know there are obese people who are physically active, I'm talking generalities here). Physical activity can create new synaptic connections in the brain, increasing the amount of brain tissue. If you are inactive, you are likely not creating as many new synaptic connections in your brain, therefore not increasing the amount of brain tissue. It's simple. You also have to understand that the amount of brain tissue you have doesn't necessarily directly affect your IQ.


Oh, i guess i should get my cousin on a weight watcher program. =D
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I am very impressed. You are a real expert !!
I learn more things with you than during the lessons in this high school .
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cdplayer6 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


cdplayer6 wrote:


Sekushi_Sushi wrote:


ayunisa wrote:

Reallly ? Are you serious ? I'm obese :crazy:, do i have to worry ? :sweatingbullets.
Seriously, it's very alarming...


Nah, don't sweat it. It was done on only 94 people (that's really low for a study) in an age group that is probably more likely to already be showing brain degeneration.


Well what if i'm a skinny anorexic guy that has type 2 diabeties?


It's likely a correlation thing, not a causation thing. In that, a lot of slimmer people are more physically active than obese people (yes, I know there are obese people who are physically active, I'm talking generalities here). Physical activity can create new synaptic connections in the brain, increasing the amount of brain tissue. If you are inactive, you are likely not creating as many new synaptic connections in your brain, therefore not increasing the amount of brain tissue. It's simple. You also have to understand that the amount of brain tissue you have doesn't necessarily directly affect your IQ.


Oh, i guess i should get my cousin on a weight watcher program. =D


Damn straight.
He's losing his brain by the second!
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That explains why I'm dumb
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what if your the opposite? :O
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what???!!! seriously???
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really?
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