Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Belly Fat Brain Drain

Belly fat has long been known as an obstacle to squeezing into your high school letter jacket. Research suggests belly fat also may be responsible for impairing your ability to remember where you went to high school.


Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago say extra rings of belly fat may signal your liver to eat your brain. Even for guys who frequently think with other parts of their body, this can lead to loss of memory and dementia.

According to the study, the liver and the brain share a craving for a protein called PPARalpha. The liver uses the the protein to metabolize fat. The hippocampus portion of the brain uses it to process memory. And apparently fat trumps brains. Fat isn’t so swell for your heart, either.

This discovery may not be news to women. They have long observed men’s preference for a six-pack over a six-pack. The study confirms, at least for this point of view, that drinking beer leads to forgetting why you are drinking beer.

Of course, the finding isn’t anything to joke about. Being rotund because of poor eating habits. slovenly behavior and a lack of regular exercise is hardly surprising to anyone with, well, half a brain.

Instead of chowing down calorie-packed fast food with a beer chaser, improve your diet by eating foods with antioxidants such as blueberries and Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, which experts say are excellent brain food. Drink green tea, which speeds up the body’s metabolic rate and promotes weight loss.

And don’t forget the old maxim, which turns out to be the Newtonian law of food, “You are what you eat.” As personal trainers like to remind their clients, “You lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume.”

It would serve men – and women – to note these findings and act with a little prudence now to avoid a lot of frustration later. If not, your body will exact revenge by starving your brain.

Now if I could only remember where I put my letter jacket.


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