Scientists find out why some people overeat

Scientists did a study to find out why people overeat, according to Life Sciences. The reason why people overeat may be due to to how their brain rewards them for eating.
By Neil Raymond | Jul 21, 2018
Scientists did a study to find out why people overeat, according to Life Sciences. The reason why people overeat may be due to to how their brain rewards them for eating.

In a study involving children, researchers found out that when certain regions of the brain reacted stronger to being rewarded with food than being rewarded with money, the children were more likely to overeat, even if the child wasn't hungry and not depending of if they were overweight or not.

Shana Adise, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont led the study while earning her doctorate at Penn State. She said that the results revealed why some people may be more likely to overeat tha others. The findings may also give clues on how to help prevent obesity at a younger age.

"If we can learn more about how the brain responds to food and how that relates to what you eat, maybe we can learn how to change those responses and behavior," Adise said. "This also makes children an interesting population to work with, because if we can stop overeating and obesity at an earlier age, that could be really beneficial."

"We know very little about the mechanisms that contribute to overeating," Adise said. "The scientific community has developed theories that may explain overeating, but whether or not they actually relate to food intake hadn't yet been evaluated. So we wanted to go into the lab and test whether a greater brain response to anticipating and winning food, compared to money, was related to overeating."

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