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Obesity Gene Mediates Kids’ Brain Response To Food

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Dr. Barry Sears

The power of the hedonistic reward system in over-eating is rarely appreciated. Recent studies have indicated if you reduce the appetite-stimulating signals in the hypothalamus by genetic engineering, the reward system of hedonistic response dramatically increases to compensate for that loss. It known that circulating saturated fats that are associated with obesity can distort the energy balance system in the hypothalamus. The result is the increase of desire for food especially that has significant hedonistic appeal.

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