Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn Overweight and obesity in adolescents have increased substantially in recent decades, and today affect a third of the adolescent population in some developed countries. While the dangers posed by high adult BMI on cognitive function in later life have been documented, the association of adolescent BMI with cognitive function in midlife has not yet been reported. (BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a calculation of a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters.)To shed light on this issue, scientists at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine set out to determine the association between cumulative life course burden of high-ranked body mass index (BMI), and cognitive function in midlife. The research, which will appear in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 55(3), was led by Prof. Jeremy Kark from the Braun School, in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine, working with colleagues in Israel and the United States.The researchers used weight and height data from 507 individuals tracked from over 33 years starting at age 17. The participants completed a computerized cognitive assessment at ages 48-52, and their socioeconomic position was assessed by multiple methods. Using mixed models the researchers calculated the life-course burden of BMI from age 17 to midlife, and used multiple regression to assess associations of BMI and height with global cognition and its ?ve component domains. Email “In this population-based study of a Jerusalem cohort, followed longitudinally from adolescence for over 33 years, we found that higher BMI in late adolescence and the long-term cumulative burden of BMI predicted poorer cognitive function later in life. Importantly, this study shows that an impact of obesity on cognitive function in midlife may already begin in adolescence, independently of changes in BMI over the adult life course,” said the paper’s senior author, Prof. Jeremy Kark of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine.“Our results also show that taller stature was associated with better global cognitive function, independent of childhood and adult socioeconomic position, and that height increase in late adolescence, re?ecting late growth, conferred a protective effect, but among women only,” added Irit Cohen-Manheim, doctoral candidate at the Braun School and lead author.The researchers point out that while socioeconomic position may have a particularly important role in the trajectory of a person’s lifetime cognitive function, it has rarely been adequately taken into account: “To the best of our knowledge, the association between BMI and cognition as a function of childhood and adult socioeconomic position has not been previously reported. Childhood household socioeconomic position appears to strongly modify the association between adolescent BMI and poorer cognition in midlife, the inverse association being restricted to low childhood socioeconomic position,” said Prof. Kark.“Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that childhood living conditions, as re?ected also by height, in?uence cognitive function later in life; however, our study is unique in showing that an adverse association of higher BMI with cognitive function appears to begin in adolescence and that it appears to be restricted to adults with lower childhood socioeconomic position,” said Prof. Kark.“Evidence for the association between impaired cognitive function in midlife and subsequent dementia supports the clinical relevance of our results. Findings of the relation of BMI in adolescence with poorer midlife cognitive status, particularly in light of the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity, require confirmation,” said Irit Cohen-Manheim.
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A new book will be published in the United Kingdom (UK) this month, which features footballers of Jamaican heritage and their contribution to English football. Football’s Black Pioneers: The Stories of the First Black Players to Represent the 92 League Clubs is written by Bill Hern and David Gleave and published by Conker Editions. Hern says it was important to document the legacies of these players before they become forever forgotten in history.“We felt it important to identify, commemorate and celebrate the lives and careers of those first black footballers before their names and stories were forever lost to history,” Hern told The Gleaner. “We were also keen to document the trials and tribulations many of them went through in order to help pave the way for those black players that followed.”Some of the players with Jamaican roots who feature significantly in the book are Vivian Anderson, Carl Valentine, Neville Chamberlain (the uncle of Liverpool FC’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), Tony Cunningham, and Lloyd Maitland, but two key figures for Hern are Jack Leslie and Lindy Delapenha.The book explains in great detail how Leslie, whose father was from Hope Bay, Portland, while playing for Plymouth Argyle, was picked for England in 1925 but then allegedly dropped when the English Football Association (FA) realised he was black.“Yes, the FA simply denied they had ever picked Jack in spite of the mountains of evidence to the contrary,” Hern said.Now, there is a campaign to erect a statue in Leslie’s honour as a reminder of the racial injustice he faced in his time as a player.“Nearly 100 years ago, Jack Leslie should have been pulling on an England football shirt and making history. But he was denied because of his race. It’s time for us all to right that wrong and recognise this remarkable player’s achievements with a statue. A memorial to someone who deserves a public monument,” a statement on the campaign’s Crowd Funder page said. Delapenha’s Story Hern said of all the players featured, he was most touched by Delapenha’s story.“Lindy was not typical of an early black footballer,” he said. “He came from a middle-class family and was well educated, having attended Wolmer’s Boys. He had the confidence that comes from excelling at every sport he ever attempted. “He claimed to have suffered racism while playing football only once – towards the end of his career when he was at Mansfield Town. “A spectator made a racist comment towards him. He only just managed to restrain himself. When he got home that evening he recognised the spectator, who was waiting outside of Lindy’s house. The man’s wife had told him to go and apologise. The apology was duly accepted.”Hern says the book was first aimed at fans of the 92 clubs in England’s professional leagues but he and Gleave hope that it helps others, including Jamaicans, to get an appreciation of the impact these players had on English football and the fight against racism.“The parents of many of the Jamaican players came to England in the 1950s to help rebuild the country and create a good life for their children,” he said. “They came with nothing, worked hard, bought houses and brought up their children well.“So I hope the book shows just what is possible and celebrates all of the brave people, the footballers, as well as their parents and ancestors.”The book will go on sale on August 31. [email protected]