Obesity, what you need to know!

Overview

ObesityObesity is defined as having a body mass index which is severely more than the normal. The body mass index (BMI) is based on one’s height and body weight and the Waisthip ratio or waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips; these are the primary criteria for the detection of obesity. Obesity is a growing concern in our society today because it is highly associated with different conditions which include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Although it is a metabolic condition, it imposes a lot of cardiovascular risk.

Obesity Tied to Brain Volume Loss

Obesity Tied to Brain Volume Loss

Obesity Tied to Brain Volume LossBeing overweight or obese is associated with poorer brain health in cognitively healthy adults in their 60s, according to new data from the long-running Australian PATH Through Life Study.

After adjustment for multiple factors, participants who were overweight or obese had smaller hippocampal volume at baseline and experienced greater hippocampal atrophy over 8 years than their normal-weight peers.

“The results further underscore the importance of reducing the rate of obesity through education, population health interventions, and policy,” Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, said in a statement.