Obesity not only increases the risk of heart disease, but also causes the brain to age faster, according to a new study from Canada.
The study looked at more than 9,000 Canadians between the ages of 50 and 66, with an average age of about 58.
Of those who were overweight or obese, the expected risk of various cardiovascular diseases was higher than those of normal weight.
However, when these people were tested for memory and acquisition (learning abilities), the scores of obese people were found to be significantly lower than those of normal weight.
Lack of memory and acquisition in obese people showed that excess fat was affecting not only their body but also their mind.
For this reason, the mental age of obese people was many years older than their physical age, that is, they began to age prematurely.
In the light of this research, experts say that people with obesity should pay more attention to their physical activities, especially walking, as this would improve blood flow in the body.
As a result, the amount of blood reaching the brain increases and the health of the brain improves, which reduces the effects of aging on the brain.
Note: This research, led by experts from McMaster University, Ontario, has been published in the latest issue of the online research journal JAMA Open Network .