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Obese children may have a harder time tasting fats than leaner kids 

(Reuters Health) - - Obese children may have taste buds that are less able to detect fats than those of leaner kids, a factor that could contribute to excessive eating, a small study suggests. "Some people may be more susceptible to dietary fat than others," said Russell Keast, a nutrition researcher at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, who wasn't involved in the study.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

CD36 is only one of many fatty-acid-sensing proteins in the GI tract and the rest of the body (especially the hypothalamus that controls appetite).  The underlying cause may be increased inflammation that is disrupting the information flow from the fatty acid receptor to the hypothalamus resulting in greater appetite.

 

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