Scientists Discover That Being Fat And Lazy Can Permanently Alter Your Brain




(Source) While we know that exercise can create new brain cells and change the way in which it operates, it now appears that a lazy lifestyle can also reshape your mind. A new study lays bare the possibility that shunning exercise could affect a person’s neurons, impacting not just the brain but potentially damaging the heart as well. The research, published in the The Journal Of Comparative Neurology, was conducted at Wayne State University School of Medicine and was conducted on rats. Half of the rats were put in cages with running wheels, while the remaining animals were housed in cages without. The rats confined with wheels were soon running for around three hours a day, while the others adopted a sedentary lifestyle.

After almost three months, the animals were injected with a dye that colors specific neurons in the brain. In this case, the scientists wanted to mark neurons in the animals’ rostral ventrolateral medulla, the portion of the brain that controls breathing and other unconscious activities, such as regulating blood flow. The research may have implications for humans as we have the same brain region, which functions in a similar way.



I love these scientists spending years studying a bunch of rats in a lab thinking they’re breaking some awesome news. I feel like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting right now.


See, the sad thing about a scientist like you is, in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that, and two, you dropped millions of dollars and years of your life on a study you could have got for free watching my entire life decline in the past 8 months. 


Hey scientists. Rats? We’re talking about rats? Because I went from a regular productive member of society. Normal job, normal life, decent shape to a guy who can’t say numbers out loud. Not like math. I’m not talking about addition and subtraction, I’m talking about just saying a number, having it come out of my mouth. Can’t do it. Fuck, last week I spelled pylon, like the thing at the corner of the endzone a “pile on”. That happened. That wasn’t a troll. That was my awful brain telling me that I have neglected it for so long that even the simplest of tasks are next to impossible. So good work scientists. Crushed this one. Next time just shoot me a text and I’ll fuck up your/you’re and you’ll have all the data you need. Idiots