Obesity Might Lower Teens' Thinking Skills, Study Suggests

Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by Reader, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

    Messages:
    7,020
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    http://health.usnews.com/health-new...ht-lower-teens-thinking-skills-study-suggests

    MONDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- As the childhood obesity epidemic continues in the United States, more kids are developing an array of heart risk factors linked to obesity known as the "metabolic syndrome."

    Now, a study suggests that these obesity-linked changes may be affecting kids' minds as well as their bodies.

    The new study finds that adolescents with these conditions -- which include abdominal obesity, unhealthy cholesterol/trigylceride levels and high blood pressure -- are more likely to perform more poorly on tests of mental ability compared to their healthy peers.

    MRI scans also showed certain worrisome differences in brain structure among children with the metabolic syndrome, the researchers said.

    According to study lead author Dr. Antonio Convit, until recently it's been thought that "the bad things that can happen among kids with metabolic syndrome are 20 years in the future. But, this work demonstrates that these health issues are having a deleterious impact on a kid's brain now. Today."

    More at link.....
     
  2. Loading...


Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice