Study: Weight loss can improve brain health

More than 30 percent of adults in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are considered obese. In part, experts blame Southern eating habits, poverty and demographic groups that have higher obesity rates. (AP Photo)

April 14, 2011 3:00:47 PM PDT
Finally, want to improve your memory? Try losing some weight.

A new study finds substantial weight loss improves brain health. In the study, obese patients who underwent bariatric weight loss surgery and lost an average of 50-pounds showed improvement in multiple cognitive abilities. They included memory and executive functioning, which includes organization skills.

Researchers say it's a logical conclusion that as a body becomes healthier so does the brain. However, they said people need to not only lose weight, but also to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes food choices and activity.