Here’s How Your Extra Weight Affects Your Brain Size
Recent studies have shown clear links between obesity and a variety of illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer. New evidence indicates that a high body mass index, or BMI, is also associated with changes in the brain that can affect memory and cognitive function. This new evidence makes it even more important for healthcare professionals and the public to tackle the growing problem of obesity in the United States.
What IS BMI?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines body mass index as a measurement that uses a person’s body weight in kilograms, divided by the square of his or her height in meters. Although this measurement does not indicate body fat directly, it can indicate the amount of fat thickness on an individual, which is linked to a number of metabolic diseases and medical problems. BMI is used as a screening tool to alert physicians of the possibility of excess weight that can cause many health issues. The BMI is not, in itself, an indication of poor health, but it can present an environment where medical problems can occur and signals doctors to provide advice and information to help their patients minimize their risk for a disease.