Poor Living Conditions Will Affect Your Brain, Research Says

Poor Living Conditions Will Affect Your Brain, Research Says

Poor living conditions can negatively impact both physical health and brain function, with limited access to healthy food options contributing to obesity.

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Research finds that poor living conditions can negatively impact both physical health and brain function. (PHOTO: Open Access Government)

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Research Found that Living in Poor Conditions Impacts Physical Health and Brain Structure

Poor living conditions can harm both your physical health and brain function, says a recent study. Previous research already found that people living in poor conditions often have limited access to healthy food options, leading to obesity.

However, this new study reveals that it can also change the structure of your brain.

According to a published article in Zenger, researchers from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine examined how people living in poor conditions affect specific areas of the brain. They looked at 92 participants from Los Angeles, considering factors like income, education, overcrowding, and plumbing in their neighborhoods. The study showed that worse neighborhood conditions were linked to changes in brain regions responsible for social interaction, emotion, reward, and higher-level thinking. These changes appeared connected to eating foods high in trans-fatty acids found in fast food.

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Poor Living Conditions Affect Both Body and Mind

In simple terms, poor living conditions doesn’t just harm your body; it can also affect your brain.

The study found that factors like poor diets and unhealthy weight gain in these areas disrupt how our brains process rewards, emotions, and thinking. This highlights the importance of improving food options in these neighborhoods to protect both physical and mental health.

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