Your belly might be growing… but your brain is shrinking — and the more you eat, the smaller it gets.
In a frightening new study from the New York University School of Medicine, researchers used MRI images to compare the brains of 44 obese people to those of 19 slimjims who were the same age and had the same background.
Those who were obese had less volume in the regions of the brain associated with eating, appetite, and reward. They had smaller orbitofrontal cortices, which control impulse behavior, and more water in the crucial amygdala region.
They also had higher levels of inflammation than the normal-sized volunteers.
In case you’re wondering, none of this is good. Put it all together, and here’s what it means: When you overeat, you literally damage your brain to the point where it no longer knows how much to eat or when to stop.
So you keep eating… making you even less able to stop yourself from overeating. And that means you get even fatter, causing even more brain shrinkage, which leads to more overeating, and so on.
It’s the ultimate vicious circle — and they don’t know if that kind of damage can ever be undone.
And I don’t care how slowly you eat sugar — it will give you a great, big belly and a tiny, rotten brain.
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