The Connection Between Belly and Brain

Losing inches around your waist could help improve your memory. John Gunstad, an associate professor in Kent State University's Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers have discovered a link between weight loss and improved memory and concentration. This includes losing weight with the help of surgery. The study shows that bariatric surgery patients exhibited improved memory function 12 weeks after their operations.

"The primary motivation for looking at surgery patients is that we know they lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, so it was a good group to study," Gunstad said. "This is the first evidence to show that by going through this surgery, individuals might improve their memory, concentration and problem solving."

Gunstad shared his findings with Shape Magazine, as it explored 10 health benefits from weight loss.

POSTED: Monday, October 10, 2016 04:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 02:08 PM
Kristin Anderson