Fat People are Dumb and Skinny People are Smart? You’re Telling Me Skinny People Get to be Smarter, Too???

How is life so unfair? Skinny people look better AND they get to be smarter?Fat-People-are-Dumb-and-Skinny-People-are-SmartIt may sound hard to believe, but it just might be true.

There are new studies out there that claim that people who are significantly overweight suffer from a shocking result- they have trouble thinking. Their brains actually operate entirely differently from the brain of a skinny person.

The results are significant enough that doctors claim that obesity is bad for three reasons. It is not only bad for your health, it is also bad for your brain. The third shocking reason is that it could actually encourage the avoidance of understanding and recognizing bad eating habits. Which actually causes you to gain MORE weight! These overweight people can’t get a break, right? So is it your fat’s own fault that you are fat? Of course not.

“What Fast Food Does To You In Just One Day”

It started somewhere. For the vast majority of obese individuals, they got there on their own. Blaming the fat for bad decision making can maybe be done after years of suffering with obesity, but the food is what got you there in the first place. So you can’t simply blame your brain chemistry or the food for your obesity. You made the choice to put those sugary treats in your body, so don’t for a second think this is a good excuse for being overweight.

But there truly is some validity to this argument. Just this year at a medical conference here in the United States, doctors revealed that the specific food we eat, along with how much of them we put in our bodies, actually make our brains operate differently. People who ate a healthy diet and remained at a consistent, safe weight showed shocking comparisons to their counterparts who made bad food choices and ate too much of the bad foods.

The doctors tested several dozen adults with imaging to scan the brain and what actually occurs when we are eating. The tests were simple. While eating, the testers were asked to name the color of a word that was shown on a screen. The test varied in difficulty as the shades of each color were adjusted. But the results were solid. People who were severely overweight actually struggled to name the color of the word, while the skinny to normal sized respondent’s accurately named the color.

Based on simple, factual results and not their weight, these individuals were rated from highly competent to low functioning, and those who were obese primarily fell into the category of those who had problems making decisions. Researchers feel strongly that this difficulty in decision making could certainly perpetuate (again- perpetuate- not cause) the trend of overeating. Not knowing when to stop is a problem in the reaction center of the brain (which doesn’t only happen with food, but other additions as well), and quite possibly, those who are obese can’t process this information the same way as the rest of us.

Again though, take these results with a grain of salt. Blaming your obesity on the food instead of placing the blame on yourself isn’t accurate either. While the cycle may be playing a role in your obesity, so are your feelings, your addictions, and your habits. Sure, if you eat too much, your brain functioning goes down. Then, you may have trouble telling right from wrong or making good decisions. But the food doesn’t change who you are, it just may make things a little bit more difficult to say no to. Ultimately the choice is yours.

Skinny-People-Get-to-be-SmartSo if you’ve decided to take control and that you’d like to stop this trend of overeating and poor decision making- where do you begin? Trying to stop eating a significant amount of calories overnight is not the answer. Many people decide, “This is it, I’m going to stop eating to lose weight”. Fasting or trying a crash diet only has the opposite effect. The brain activity in folks who tried this kind of ‘fix’ for their eating problems only wound up with worse problems, because this behavior causes them to want and crave the foods even more than before.

Instead, realize that crash diets do not work as long term solutions. Instead, it will require lifestyle change. Choose a slower regimen to lose weight, one in which you will gradually move towards eating less calories, eating better foods, and being smarter as well, all without shocking your body.

First, kick processed fatty foods out of your diet and your home all together. Most Americans have no idea how much fatty food they eat on a daily basis simply out of convenience. Replace these foods with real foods- fruits, vegetables, and meats. While it may take a lot of commitment, frustration, and patience, this is the only first step that there is to changing your diet and getting your brain back to functioning normally.

When the cravings kick in, remember your goal, to lose weight, to be healthy, to look better, and to be smarter! Now we have just one more reason to get our eating under control now for good. Don’t waste another day feeling bad about yourself and walking around with a fuzzy feeling in your head!

Do you think you brain has been altered by gaining or losing weight? What changed? Share your thoughts with us!



  1. This is a very generalized article. It just goes to say you are what you eat. A healthy lifestyle equals a healthy brain. Obesity generally comes from choosing an unhealthy lifestyle filled with a diet of high malnutrition.
    “You get out what you put in”

  2. that guy says:

    i’m fat and one of the dumbest people on this planet, so there is truth to this article

  3. Robert Davies says:

    Yes, there is a close link between obesity and dumbness. Recently I read in a newspaper that people those who are being breast fed for longer time are mostly good at thinking and are not likely get fatty.

  4. Junk hurts you this much in a day? Are you sure? Man, this is very bad.
    I understand when you over-eat, you feel sleepy and won’t be interested in work .. kind of lethargic ..
    So better don’t go for it

    Seriously, why are most nerds (computer nerds) on TV, obese, out of shape jerks??

    • Sr. McConell SSRE says:

      This is crazy why you people on skinny why would you like bones or anorexic people that’s nasty.
      And skinny people can get hurt easily ewwww…

  5. Very well written article but I don’t know how much I agree with it. I’m a heavy set person and I have a Masters in Psychology and my thinner mates can’t even put two and two together.

    • I hate these studies because it shows that certain foods are not healthy, but not all fat people eat an abundance of fat foods or junk foods. They may have entered obesity by over-indulging in bad foods, but that doesn’t mean that they continue to do so. A person can gain weight by slowly eating too many calories–from almond milk, nuts, avocados, and veggies covered in olive oil. Those foods aren’t inherently bad, and very few fat people get fat that way. To suggest all fat people are dumb because they eat fast food and junk is to suggest that no fat person has the foresight to begin to eat healthier, wholesome foods. On that note, it’s possible for a person whose body says, “Eat 2500 calories, Bitch,” to eat 2500 calories of veggies, fruits, nuts and lean meats. If they do, I’m sure the excessive salt and cholesterol that inhibits the ability to focus and think won’t be there. Once a person gets fat, his physiological signals to eat increase significantly. It isn’t always about eating corn chips and greasy burgers.

  6. I said “BS!” at first, but then the color test while eating thing, that can’t be made up and it’s quite conclusive. I gained so much weight in the past 5 years, that I went from normal weight to obese in that period of time. Even though I know I’m fat, I never considered myself to be dumb. It’s kind of sad to think that I was dumbing down so much that I didn’t even realize how dumb I had already become. It’s true that I shouldn’t blame the fatty foods for me gaining weight. Everyone should be fat like me if the foods were the reason for the weight gain. It’s my fault for not controlling what I eat that I’m fat. I need to change or I’m going to diet obese.

  7. Jenny Barton says:

    It’s a growing epidemic causing several health problems, but I was not aware of the fact that it may lead to dumbness. We must check our life-style, particularly the younger generation those who are mostly inclined on fast foods.

  8. Kim Rawks! says:

    Harsh but probably true. Obesity can lessen the oxygen flow to your body and brain when you’re exerting yourself – which in itself can affect the brain.

  9. Stephanie Vega says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. I have a very good friend who is a nutritionist and my personal trainer who says obesity is the result of some chemical imbalance that could affect all kinds of bodily functions – including how the brain works. Very informative piece.

  10. Billy Phillips says:

    Superb article, I never knew that being overweight can have such disastrous effect on the brain as well decision making ability. After going through this informative article, I am feeling so glad for being of a normal weight and undoubtedly, I look smarter than most of my fat colleagues. As fat people are on the high side of health risks, slim people aren’t until and unless they run on a risk of some genetic disorders.

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