Losing weight improves memory in obese women

20 June 2013

Weight loss could boost memory in older, overweight women, says a new study. Researchers from the Umea University in Sweden found that a combination of exercise and dieting increased activity in parts of the brain associated with memory retention. Experts also claim that weight loss could help improve overall brain function, making memory retrieval processes easier and more efficient.

Previous research has linked unhealthy weight with poor episodic memory, or the inability to recall events throughout one’s life. The new findings indicate that weight loss can reverse these effects, giving hope to countless overweight, obese women who are suffering from memory loss.

Lead author of the study, Dr Andreas Pettersson, said: “The altered brain activity  after weight loss suggests that the brain becomes more active while storing new memories and therefore needs fewer brain resources to recollect stored information.”

To kickstart your weight loss programme, a gastric balloon will help you control your appetite, maximising the effectiveness of aerobic exercise.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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