Compared to the 1970s, people eat 650 kilos more per day. That's equivalent to a burger with sweet potatoes and lemonade. The fact that such nutrition contributes to the rounding up of the waist is not new. More frightening is its impact on the human brain.
Professor of National University Nicolas Cherbuin, principal author of the study published by Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, said there was a direct link between brain-worsening and unhealthy lifestyle. Even more worrying is the fact that this damage begins much earlier than people think.
"We found solid evidence that unhealthy diets and lack of exercise over a long period of time exposed humans to a significant risk of developing type 2 diabetes and a significant reduction in brain function such as dementia and brain reduction," said Professor Cherbuin. "People with poor nutrition and little or no exercise literally eat their brain," he added.
Cherbuin also found that reducing brain health may occur much earlier in life than originally thought, mainly because of society that supports unhealthy lifestyle choices.
"The damage done is essentially irreversible as soon as you reach the middle ages, so we encourage everyone to eat healthy and to form as early as possible – ideally in childhood, but surely in early adulthood," he said. "Many people who suffer from dementia and other signs of cognitive dysfunction, including brain damage, increased this risk during life by eating too bad food and not having enough exercise."
According to him, people are usually advised to reduce the risk of brain problems, such as dementia, when they were already sixty years old – and in that case it was often too late. The key is nutrition in childhood and early adulthood.
"One of the best options people have to avoid is that they can avoid the problem of moving brain, is to start with the right nutrition from the beginning and practice early on," added Cherbuin.
The study states that around 30 percent of the adult population in the world is obese or obese and more than ten percent of all adults will suffer from Type 2 diabetes until 2030.
"The relationship between type 2 diabetes and rapid brain injury is well established," Cherbuin said. "But our work has shown that neurodegeneration, loss and functioning of neurons begins much earlier, and we have discovered a clear link between this brain worsening and the choice of an unhealthy lifestyle."
One of the problems he says is that people consume too many bad foods, such as fast food, low nutrition and too much calories. "As a company we should stop asking," Do you want fodder? "If we do not, then we must be ready to continue to increase the number of obese and obese people suffering from serious illnesses," he added.