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- Posted by CERC India
- Posted in APRIL
MRIs of obese teens show signs of brain damage
Excess eating triggered
Brain MRIs of obese teenagers show inflammation which makes it harder to control eating habits. The scans show changes in the areas related to emotional control and feelings of reward which could cause excess eating. These findings were presented at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The researchers found a relationship between the pattern of brain damage and resistance to the hormone leptin, which helps regulate energy levels and fat stores. In some obese people, the brain does not respond to leptin causing them to keep eating despite adequate or excessive fat stores.