Posts Tagged ‘neuroscience’

Sugar, Dopamine, and Obesity

June 20, 2016 — New research from Washington University has identified an abnormal dopamine response to sugar in the brains of people with obesity as they age. Lead author of the study, Marta Pepino, explained: We believe we may have identified a new abnormality in the relationship between reward response to food and dopamine in the brains of individuals with […]

Calming the Brain’s Response to Food

April 4, 2016 — Your brain’s response to food is one of the key tools that your body uses to protect you from starving or losing too much weight. Even bad food starts looking really good and thoughts about food crowd out everything else in the brain. In a featured presentation at ENDO 2016, Olivia Farr and colleagues demonstrated that […]

Obesity Brain Wreck? Cut It Out!

March 1, 2016 — Some appalling health news headlines have lately been coming from a study of the relationship between memory and weight status. In the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Lucy Cheke and colleagues published a study of memory performance in people with BMIs ranging from 18 to 51. They found that higher BMI was associated with lower performance […]

Brains Respond Differently to Food in Obesity

February 22, 2016 — In the two leading obesity research journals this week, we have new evidence for how differently the brain responds to food and meals when someone has obesity. In Obesity, Nancy Puzziferri and colleagues documented a reduced neural response to eating in people with obesity. And then, Anja Dietrich and colleagues showed how the brain’s regulation of […]

Top 10 Foods for a Snowstorm

January 24, 2016 — Who are they kidding? Every time a snowstorm is looming, reporters trot out clichéd stories about everybody stocking up on milk, bread, and eggs. Not only is it unoriginal, we’re here to tell you it’s not true. Soup and pizza are the top foods to stock for a snowstorm, not milk and bread. Comfort is the theme of […]

Resilience May Come from Listening to Your Body

January 16, 2016 — Some fascinating brain research just published in Biological Psychology provides evidence for the supposition that resilience to stress may result from how well you listen to your body. Lori Haase and colleagues studied individuals with different degrees of resilience to stress. They evaluated brain function during and after a stressful situation. Through functional MRIs, they […]

Is Bariatric Surgery Really Brain Surgery?

November 28, 2015 — Years ago, the concept of metabolic surgery started wedging itself into the realm of bariatric surgery. While it’s absurd to say that a gastric bypass is brain surgery, a steady stream of research on the neuroscience of bariatric surgery certainly raises a key question: does this surgery modify the nervous system as much as much as the gastrointestinal system? […]

Contrasts Between Food Addiction and Drug Addiction

November 15, 2015 — Food addiction continues to be a slippery concept, but one that has tremendous popular appeal. Some individuals with obesity are steadfast in their convictions that addiction to particular foods plays the a key role in their in their condition. However, objective evidence for addictive disorders in obesity has been elusive. In Progress in Brain Research, […]

ObesityWeek 2015: Top Ten to Take Home

November 8, 2015 — Gee whiz, our brains are full. After a week of listening and learning from the smartest people in the world about obesity, we all need some time to it take home from ObesityWeek 2015 and just digest it. But while you’re digesting, here are some things to reflect upon. Brain Drain & Gain. The neuroscience presented at this […]

Brain Stimulation and Appetite Reduction

November 7, 2015 — The closing day of ObesityWeek did not disappoint, right up to the very end of the day. A symposium on brain science was one of more than a dozen sessions that left us with impossible choices in the last three hours Friday. This symposium was an outstanding follow-up to the paper presented by Marci Gluck on […]