Nociceptin Neurons Increase The Appetite For High-fat Foods

A group of nerve cells in the brains of mice promotes the consumption of high-fat food, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne have discovered. If these so-called nociceptin neurons in the hypothalamus are activated, the animals start to eat more. “Just three days of a…Continue readingNociceptin Neurons Increase The Appetite For High-fat Foods

Overeating, Dopamine, And The Biological Clock

The area of the brain that produces dopamine, and the brain’s separate biological clock that regulates daily physiological rhythms, are linked, suggests a new study[1]. High-calorie foods disrupt normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption, the work also found. “The diet in the U.S. and other nations has changed dramatically in…Continue readingOvereating, Dopamine, And The Biological Clock

Obesity In Children Could Affect Brain Development

Published studies have long found a correlation between obesity in children and decreased executive function[1]. Now, new research, based on data mined from a massive national research study, suggests that a change in brain structure — a thinner prefrontal cortex — may help explain that interrelationship[2]. “Our results show an…Continue readingObesity In Children Could Affect Brain Development

Intuitive Eating – A Diet That Genuinely Makes Sense

Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body mass index (BMI) over time and a greater future likelihood of being overweight.…Continue readingIntuitive Eating – A Diet That Genuinely Makes Sense

Meal Timing Strategies Appear To Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Meal timing strategies such as intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime appear to help people lose weight by lowering appetite rather than burning more calories, according to a recent study. It is the first to show how meal timing affects 24-hour energy metabolism when food intake and meal…Continue readingMeal Timing Strategies Appear To Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Gliotransmitter ACBP Plays Key Role In Obesity

The acyl-CoA-binding protein, or ACBP, has a direct influence on the neurons that allow rodents and humans to maintain a healthy weight, researchers from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have shown for the first time in mice. In April 2015, Thierry Alquier, a CRCHUM researcher and the…Continue readingGliotransmitter ACBP Plays Key Role In Obesity

Are Bigger Waistlines Associated With Smaller Brain Sizes?

Having excess body fat, particularly around the gut, may be linked to brain shrinkage, a new study reports. Researchers calculated obesity by measuring body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio in their study participants; they found those with higher ratios of both measures had the lowest brain volume. “Existing research…Continue readingAre Bigger Waistlines Associated With Smaller Brain Sizes?