Are You What Your Ancestors Ate?

Are you what your ancestors ate? The idea that the eating habits of our parents and even grandparents could determine our diet, food choices, body metabolism and a variety of other important characteristics is not new. Scholars have been kicking the idea around for centuries. The idea has gotten new life in the last twenty years.

Is it really true that our parents transmit their eating habits to us and their experiences with food are sent along through our genes? The notion has been aptly summarized in this question. Are you what your grandmother ate? Did grandma set us up to get fat around the middle because she ate too much pasta during her pregnancies? Here, we'll look at the evidence that supports the idea...

Obesity Increases Risk of Dying: COVID-19

Those excess pounds are something to worry about during a viral pandemic. Obesity increases the risk of dying from COVID-19. If you're overweight, you are also at increased risk for hospitalization during this influenza pandemic.

We're all scared. We're all looking for good news. There is some, but first I'm here to tell the awful truth about excess pounds and influenza infections in hopes of saving your life or the life of someone you love.

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Brain Shrinks as Your Belly Grows?

Does your brain shrink as your belly grows? The answer, sadly, is "Yes".

Our beloved Western Diet, loaded with fat and added sugar, makes us gain weight, changes our risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and alters the structure and function of our brains. Read the related post "Western Diet Makes You Stupid."

We'll take a closer look at the evidence showing that obesity makes the brain shrink. The scientific term for brain shrinkage is atrophy. The post title was drawn from an article by Willette and Ka...

Image of brain of an obese man. Shows overlay of a normal brain and a smaller obesogenic brain.

Western Diet Makes You Stupid

My hubby found this article, “Western food makes you stupid.” Wow, what a show stopping title! I had to find out what led the author to make such an assertion. This took me on a trip down science lane. Take the trip with me. I learned that the title, Western food makes you stupid," is overstated. A title which reflects the facts would read, "Eating a Western Diet will reduce cognitive and motor skills and cause dementia in some of us if we make bad food choices for a lifetime."

Eating a Western diet impacts your brain immediately in subtle ways with an increasing negative impact the longer you overindulge in ...