I was walking through the woods this weekend with DH, thinking about how my brain has changed.
What, you don't do that? I do tend towards the uh ... "introspective" side. ;)
Anyway, I was remembering how I used to have trouble figuring out how to do stuff that wasn't intuitive - like the crazy lock on the cover for the truck bed, starting up the boat, tightening the wench straps to keep it on the trailer, backing up the trailer ... (Hmmm, seems like most of my life's confusion revolved around the boat!) - and also remembering how to do those things once I figured them out. I was so frustrated for a few years, thinking that Mommy Brain must have kicked in and I was doomed to be perplexed and constantly requiring re-instruction in difficult things for the rest of my life.
But last summer was different.
It was scary at first, realizing what I had been doing to my brain. It's frightening to think what's happening not only to us & our children, but to our entire nation of sugar addicts. Where are our brains?
So we were discussing all this this weekend, and how the changes for the better seem to have stuck - and then, today LiveScience is reporting a new study which has found that obese people have "severe brain degeneration." Overweight people have less severe brain degeneration, defined as loss of brain mass & premature brain aging.
While this report falls into the trap of allowing readers to confuse correlation with causation (there's no proof obesity causes brain degeneration; it's more likely that both are caused by the same thing), there is some good news about the reporting here. Instead of laying the blame on fat or a vague reference to "too many sweets & junk foods" (which leaves too much room for haggling about what exactly is "too much"), they point at last to a long unnamed culprit: processed foods. It's not just the sugar that is causing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, & now brain degeneration, but also the highly processed oils, dry cereals, milk, canned this & pre-cooked packaged that, which are causing both obesity and most of the maladies linked to it.
The good news is, it's reversible! (At least in some measure.) My brain is back! (mostly ;) )
- mood: dorky