Fast food and obesity cause brain problems: Study

Poor diet & having very less physical activity are two factors that trigger various health problems, including brain damage, according to studies published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology.

The work is done by Nicolas Cherbuin, of the Center for Research on Aging, Health and Welfare of the Australian National University (ANU), reveals that an unhealthy lifestyle affects and impairs brain functions at an early age, as currently, a person consumed 650 kilocalories daily more than 50 years ago.

The ANU research shows that 30 % of the adult population in the world is overweight or obese, which will result in that by 2030 more than ten % of this sector acquires type 2 diabetes, because the problem lies in which people eat more and more foods high in calories and low in nutrients.

“We found clear evidence indicating that unhealthy nutritional habits and lack of exercise for sustained periods of time carry a serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a significant decline in brain functions, such as dementia and brain shrinkage,” he explained. the researcher Cherbuin, who also warned that “brain health can be affected much earlier than you think” because this is not taken into account by young people until they reach adulthood.

To avoid brain problems, the publication concludes that eating well and exercising are habits that must be encouraged since childhood and that to see a remarkable change is the responsibility of parents, health professionals and governments to join forces to prevent obesity.

In 2015, a study published in The Lancet magazine stated that nutrition is as important for mental health as it is for cardiology or gastroenterology.

Another point to note is that research published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry indicates that some diets have a positive effect on mood, but there are negative eating habits that increase the risk of depression.