Auriel Willette from Iowa State University

Auriel Willette, a scientist from Iowa State University, became an affiliate with the Center on Aging and the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative in 2015.  Read about his recently discovered links between obesity and the brain.

The Iowa State University assistant professor in food science and human nutrition says one-third of the American population is obese. While the physical impact of obesity on physical health is well-documented, Willette is curious about what obesity does to the brain.

“We focus on all these diseases that could kill you, but people tend to think of those as 20 years down the line,” he said. “What I am more interested in is, ‘How is it affecting people now? Is that something that is meaningful and important for brain function? For our ability to think? How we feel?’ The answer is ‘yes.’”

Read more about it here.