OVERWEIGHT TEENS MAY HAVE SHRINKING BRAINS

Sep 04, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Here’s another reason to encourage our teens to make healthy food choices.  Growing waistlines may be associated with shrinking brains in teenagers.

A study of 110 American teenagers found those with metabolic syndrome scored lower on math and spelling tests and shorter attention spans than their healthier classmates with better metabolism.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of obesity, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and low levels of good H-D-L cholesterol.

The teens also had smaller areas of the brain involved in learning and memory.  The results are published in the journal “Pediatrics”.

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