November 26, 2019
If parents inflicted brain damage on their kids by means other than the food they feed them, it would be considered a crime and punished by law.
Obese kids are victims of child abuse.
Obese children may suffer irreparable damage to crucial regions of their brains, a study suggests.
Researchers found severely overweight teenagers had visible signs of destruction in areas responsible for controlling appetite, emotion and pleasure.
MRI scans also revealed damage in regions for cognitive function, suggesting youngsters’ school grades may take a hit if they suffer from obesity.
The researchers believe constant eating causes an inflammatory reaction in the brain which causes the body to kill off healthy tissue.
Visible signs of destruction in brain areas responsible for cognitive function and for controlling appetite, emotion, and pleasure…
Obesity makes people more like women, then.
Remember that the next time you hear the opinions of the obese.
And they say the disease triggers an overproduction of the ‘hunger hormone’ leptin, which fuels their weight gain further.
One in five British children are overweight when they start primary school, with that figure rising to one in three when they start secondary school.
In the US, almost a third of children and teenagers are either overweight or obese, with one in five obese.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health estimates half of all children will be overweight or obese by 2020.
Obesity can trigger a slew of potentially-fatal health conditions later in life, including heart disease and strokes, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
The latest study, by the Sao Paulo University in Brazil, took brain scans of 120 children aged 12 to 16. Fifty-nine of participants were obese, while 61 were a healthy weight.
The MRI’s showed a decrease in white matter located in the middle orbitofrontal gyrus – a brain region related to emotional control and the reward circuit.
They also revealed brain cells had been destroyed in the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerve fibers that connects the left and right part of the brain and is responsible for cognitive function.
The team say this could lead to a reduced attention span and trouble concentrating.
The study also found obese children overproduced leptin – a hormone in the brain that controls appetite.
In some obese people, the brain does not respond to leptin, causing them to keep eating despite adequate or excessive fat stores.
This condition, known as leptin resistance, makes the brain produce even more of the hunger hormone.
Someone should tell them that just because they feel hunger it doesn’t mean that they have to eat. But our society and economies are pretty much based on giving in to temptations and desires instead of resisting them, so “don’t be enslaved by what you feel” is not a very popular stance.
The findings are being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
Last month a study of 2,700 children aged between nine and 11 found they were more likely to do worse in problem-solving and memory tests if they were obese or overweight.
They had a thinner cortex – the brain region important for reasoning. Similar structural brain changes are seen in middle-aged people as they get older.
The Cambridge University team said a fatty diet may cause damaging inflammation at a time when a child’s brain is still developing.
Another theory is they had different brains before they became obese, which made fatty and sugary foods more rewarding.
Obese kids may or may not have different brains before becoming obese, but their parents are the ones responsible for giving them the food they eat.
If there are such things as “obesity genes” that make some people highly vulnerable to giving in to temptation and stuffing themselves with shitty food, then that’s an argument in favor of making it illegal to sell shitty food that we know is a public health threat.
Until then, we can start by throwing all overweight people into fat burning camps’ cells with no access to food so they burn their excess fat and realize that hunger is something that they can resist without dying.