Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Study Shows Obesity Bad For The Mind, Too

Date:
May 30, 2001
Source:
University Of Toronto
Summary:
While studies have linked obesity to serious cardiovascular diseases including strokes and heart attacks, University of Toronto researchers have found that overeating can damage overall health - from slower thinking to experiencing more pain.

While studies have linked obesity to serious cardiovascular diseases including strokes and heart attacks, University of Toronto researchers have found that overeating can damage overall health - from slower thinking to experiencing more pain.

Related Articles


"This study demonstrates that obesity has a daily impact on every aspect of an individual's well-being," says the study's lead author, Kostas Trakas, a PhD candidate in pharmacology at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. Figures from Statistics Canada's National Population Health Survey were used to analyse the overall well-being of Canadians from 1996 to 1997. The national sample was drawn from 38,151 respondents, taking into account gender, weight, smoking status, educational level, household income and other factors generally associated with heavier weight.

Overweight and obese people reported slower cognitive abilities, increased pain and limited mobility among other ailments. About one out of every seven Canadians is obese, but weight has a bigger impact on women than on men. "Women view their own health state as poor if they're overweight while men perceive their health to be compromised once they become morbid obese," says Trakas. Men rated the severity of obesity alongside migraines, but women said it is more serious than being diabetic or having a stroke.

Dr. Neil Shear, head of clinical pharmacology in U of T's Faculty of Medicine and director of the Drug Safety Clinic at Sunnybrook and Women's, was surprised at the magnitude of the impact of obesity on people's lives. "Doctors should treat obesity as an illness, not as a lifestyle change," he says. "Instead of treating each symptom of obesity, physicians need to look at it as a global problem when examining their patients," he says.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Toronto. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Toronto. "Study Shows Obesity Bad For The Mind, Too." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 May 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010529071515.htm>.
University Of Toronto. (2001, May 30). Study Shows Obesity Bad For The Mind, Too. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 26, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010529071515.htm
University Of Toronto. "Study Shows Obesity Bad For The Mind, Too." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010529071515.htm (accessed October 26, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Texas Nurse Nina Pham Cured of Ebola

Texas Nurse Nina Pham Cured of Ebola

AFP (Oct. 25, 2014) — An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas has been declared free of the virus and will leave the hospital. Duration: 01:01 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Toxin-Packed Stem Cells Used To Kill Cancer

Toxin-Packed Stem Cells Used To Kill Cancer

Newsy (Oct. 25, 2014) — A Harvard University Research Team created genetically engineered stem cells that are able to kill cancer cells, while leaving other cells unharmed. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
IKEA Desk Converts From Standing to Sitting With One Button

IKEA Desk Converts From Standing to Sitting With One Button

Buzz60 (Oct. 24, 2014) — IKEA is out with a new convertible desk that can convert from a sitting desk to a standing one with just the push of a button. Jen Markham explains. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Protective Suits Being Made in China

Ebola Protective Suits Being Made in China

AFP (Oct. 24, 2014) — A factory in China is busy making Ebola protective suits for healthcare workers and others fighting the spread of the virus. Duration: 00:38 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins