Excerpt from The Week: (click for entire article)
It's no secret that extra pounds can lead to a slew of health problems. But here's a new issue: A Korean study suggests that as we age, higher body mass may take a toll on our brains, resulting in "lower cognitive function." Here, a brief guide to the research and why now is as good a time as ever to start losing that belly:
How did the study work?
Researchers analyzed 250 adults aged 60 and older to see if there was a link between obesity and cognitive decline. The study administrators calculated participants' body mass indexes (BMIs), used scans, and conducted cognition-based performance tests to determine whether there was indeed a connection.