There was an interesting article in the Daily Express today (August 21st) confirming the link between being overweight and developing dementia.
A 10 year study into the lifestyles of thousands of middle-aged British civil Servants has shown that those who were the most overweight, were the quickest to lose their mental abilities. Dr Ian Campbell, an obesity expert and London GP claimed the research clearly shows that “being overweight brings an increased risk of dementia.” The researchers concluded that obesity reduces blood flow to the brain, a factor which is linked to vascular dementia. What is particularly concerning is that there is currently no cure for dementia, so it appears that the main focus has to be on preventing dementia.This study makes it clear that our lifestyles, habits and what we eat have a direct impact on our mental health and cognitive abilities.
The Alzheimer’s Society have commented that “People aged between 40-50 should be most concerned and seriously consider changing their lifestyles” and their Communications Officer said: “We all know that piling on the pounds is bad for your physical health, but this robust study suggests that it is bad for the head as well as the heart.”
Staggeringly, it is estimated that if current trends continue, nearly half of British men and 43% of women could be obese by 2030, which will add £2billion a year to the cost of treating obesity related diseases and 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will die with some form of dementia.
As a Specialist Weight Loss Hypnotherapist and Coach I am aware of the dangers that piling on the pounds can bring to your health. However, this study is a shocking wake up call, especially for those of you who are approaching the mid-life age bracket. However, remember the good news is that dementia can be prevented, with changes to:
- your lifestyle
- eating habits and
This is what I specialise in working with my clients to change, using Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). To see how I work with clients, click here
However, it is not just about “losing weight” but about maintaining your weight loss and good health. This is where just going on a diet usually fails. As I have said many times before, you can lose weight on a diet, but you cannot usually maintain it. In fact, most people once they stop dieting actually put more weight and end up heavier than when they originally started. They then get into the proverbial Yo Yo dieting syndrome. Whilst it is important to eat healthily and have a healthy eating strategy, the secret to maintaining weight loss is to take steps to change your lifestyle, habits and mental attitude around food too. I will be sharing more about this in the weeks to come. If you would like to read the Daily Express Article then you can read it here.