A study has shown that the obese individuals have a worse memory as compared to their thinner friends.
The test that was done on 50 people linked being overweight to worse episodic memory- the ability of an individual to experiences that happened in the past.
The research asserts that depending on the meals that an individual has recently eaten, one may have a less memory.
Some memory aspects such as general knowledge were not affected.
Some tests that have been done on rats have shown that as the waistline burgeon, memory tests performances become poorer. There has been mixed evidence in human beings.
The research that was recently done looked into the episodic memory. You can view this memory as the video tape in your mind. It is the one that helps you remember how it feels to holds a person’s hand or how that cup of coffee that you took smells.
This linkage between worse memory and obesity is an interesting one and will capture the attention of many.
The test involved 50 subjects that had a Body Mass Index that ranged from 18 to 51. Those with a BMI of 18 are considered healthy while those with a BMI of 51 are considered to be very obese.
Objects were hidden at varied times and in different scenes as they were displayed on the computer screen.
Later on, the subjects were asked to remember what they saw, where and when.
The scores of the obese were 15% lower than that of the thinner people.
The scientists added that suggestion is that having a higher BMI will lower your memory but it does not imply they have drawn blanks or they have amnesia.
One aspect that one can get from the research is that if the obese can remember very little of what they ate recently, they will have a limited ability when it it comes to regulating their daily consumption. That is why the obese individuals find it hard to control their weight.
Hunger hormones regulate the amount of food that we consume but it is also recognized the mind has a role in this too.
The individuals that watch TV while eating at the same time have been found to either eat more or feel hungry quickly.
Those that have amnesia take repeated meals within a short time interval.
The message to people to concentrate on their meals has been passed to individuals for a long time. However, the obese may find it hard to follow this.
The Researchers hope that once we are aware of what is happening will help us be in control.