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Is Obesity Risk ‘Hardwired’ in the Brain?

Sept. 1, 2015 -- Some people become obese because their cravings for food are built-in, according to new research. Australian and Spanish research teams came to their conclusions using MRI brain scans to investigate people's responses to pictures of food. They found that a food craving activates different brain networks in obese people compared to those at a normal weight.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The best way to reduce “food addiction” is to consume less appetizing food, especially food that is low in added sugar and fat.  The processed food industry grew to be equal in size to the drug companies by knowing how to manipulate reward circuits with the right combinations of sugar, fat, and flavors.

 

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