Recent research in America has re-affirmed that being overweight increases your risk of getting diabetes by 60%! Perhaps more importantly a high fat diet can also lead to damaged brain cells, which play a major role in loss of memory.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, “People who are overweight at 60 are twice as likely to develop dementia at 75.”
I guess Marie Antoinette did not do her subjects any favours by encouraging them to eat cake.
The same piece of research from North Western University in Chicago also concluded that pear shaped women were likely to suffer from higher levels of memory loss. It puts a whole new significance into the answer to the question – “Does my bum look big in this ?
At first glance this research seems at odds with my own experience. I would say the majority of sufferers with dementia in residential care are more likely to be underweight than obese.
Is this to do with them losing weight after they develop the illness ?
Is it a physical symptom of the disease ?
Or more to do with lack of encouragement and assistance to eat ?