What you eat is not just impacting your waistline but also your brain
You need to get healthier earlier
News.com.au – The average person is eating a lot more calories than they did 50 years ago and it is having a devastating result on their brains and waistlines, a new study warns.
People are eating an extra 650 kilocalories a day — the equivalent of a burger, fries and soft drink — compared to what they were eating in the 1970s.
But it’s the impact on people’s brains that is the really scary news.
Australian National University professor Nicolas Cherbuin, the lead author of new research published in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, said there was a clear link between brain deterioration and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Even more worrying is that the damage starts a lot sooner than people think.
“We’ve found strong evidence that people’s unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise for sustained periods of time puts them at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes and significant declines in brain function, such as dementia and brain shrinkage,” Prof Cherbuin said.
“People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise.”
Prof Cherbuin, who is from the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, also found that brain health can decline much earlier in life than previously thought due, in large part, to a society that promotes unhealthy lifestyle choices.
“The damage done is pretty much irreversible once a person reaches midlife, so we urge everyone to eat healthy and get in shape as early as possible — preferably in childhood but certainly by early adulthood,” he said. [Many experts disagree on this point; they say it’s never too late to benefit from a healthy diet. – Ed.]
“Many people who have dementia and other signs of cognitive dysfunction, including shrinking brains, have increased their risk throughout life by eating too much bad food and not exercising enough … ” Read more.
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