New Research Finds Obesity changes Brains

This article discusses old research:
1. if you are inactive you are more likely to get obese;

and new research:
2. if you become obese, you are more likely to become inactive because obesity can change your brain functions, decreasing capacity as well as motivation to move.

The research reminds us of the assumed reason, that if extra heavy, people and animals move less because moving carrying weight with less muscle can be uncomfortable.

Now, scientists suggest an additional reason: obesity causes changes in the brain to make us less motivated to move. So, if you have used the excuse, I can lose the weight at any time you may be fooling yourself or at least be aware you will have double obstacles. In addition to will power, brain power may be needed.

Employers aware of this research may be more likely to hire people with healthy habits, so obesity will cost you professionally and financially.
Insurance providers may charge you more–they should offer incentives for healthy people who cost society less so if obese you can reduce expenses as well as increase income for getting healthy.

An obese person can improve life for the whole family–more energy, more income for doing better and/or more work, less expense for healthcare, and improved parenting. If you study this topic more, you will see evidence that children of obese parents often develop slower.


  • Look in the mirror to decide what kind of person you want to be and outline habits and appointments to help you fulfill that vision.
  • Face the fact that obesity is prevalent and hurting millions of people.
  • In 2017, most people moving toward obesity can reverse the trend and those there can get healthier. The sooner you act, the easier success will be.
  • Motivation is part of the process so identify the “why” you want to be healthy–for some, it is mostly personal; for others the drive comes because of others, often children and grandchildren.

One of my “New Year’s Resolution” seminar students years ago committed to her resolution, after years of failure, when she set a goal to live long enough to see her grandchildren graduate. With photos on the mirror, she had a daily choice of whether her family was important enough for her to choose desired healthy habits or if she preferred obesity and smoking.

It’s hard to admit, “we are getting results we want.” Yet, if we take a positive proactive approach that we can PLAN and LEAD in LIFE, then we can at least influence our plans, actions, and results in the beginning as well “make the best of situations” when some plans do not go as envisioned.

This is a link to the article that prompted this post:

This is a link to the research findings article:

I hope this helps you or someone you know to improve Plans, Actions, Results. –David


About Dr. David Dyson

Dr. David Dyson serves as author, coach, and teacher helping students and true professionals to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. He is founder-trustee of Life Leaders America since 1988 and he is on appointment at Troy University lecturing and doing projects.
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