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People with a higher BMI or Body Mass Index may exhibit reduced cognitive functions once they grow older. This association could be explained by an increased secretion of inflammatory markers by belly fat, which has been previously associated with a higher risk of impaired cognition. "While we have known for some time that obesity is associated with negative health consequences, our study adds to emerging evidence suggesting that obesity and where we deposit our excess weight could influence our brain health. This has significant public health implications," said Conal Cunningham from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. This study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Reducing obesity could offer a cost-effective public health strategy for the prevention of cognitive decline, the researchers noted.
According to another study named, 'Overweight and Cognitive Performance: High Body Mass Index Is Associated with Impairment in Reactive Control during Task Switching' published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, "There is growing evidence that high body mass index (BMI) is associated with frontal lobe dysfunction and deficits in cognitive control. The present study aims to clarify the association between weight status and the degree of impairment in cognitive flexibility, i.e., the ability to efficiently switch from one task to another, by disentangling the preparatory and residual domains of task switching. "
These studies suggest that having a higher BMI could affect you in many ways. Here are 4 things to keep in mind while you try to reduce your BMI naturally:
(with inputs from IANS)
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