HARRISONBURG -- A recent study conducted by Georgia Regents University suggests that extra fat may be hampering your mental performance.
The study looked at a chemical called interleukin 1. When looking at obese mice, the study found that the chemical was especially high. It had seeped into the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning, causing inflammation and imbalanced chemicals. One medical professional told us that linking obesity and brain function is not new.
"I don't think it would be too far fetched to say it could be related, so I think if you do anything, if you have a weight concern or a weight issue, take that seriously, because there's many other health implications to it, and exercise and move and do what you can to improve your health in that regard," said George Reid, fitness manager at Sentara.
Reid said previous studies have linked lower mental performance and weight in children, but early studies like those with mice should be taken with a grain of salt.