Science Proves Overweight People’s Brains Are Wired To Enjoy Food More
Editor’s Note: We’re highlighting a very interesting article from registered dietitian Mari-Chris Savage, she highlights a clinical research study that studied the brain signals of overweight and lean subjects in regards to seeing images of certain foods.
Increased activity in the brain’s right striatum, what we commonly refer to as the “habitual” center of the brain, was significantly related to high-calorie food items and positively correlated with the overweight study subjects.
The right striatum of the brain is highly dopamine-dependent for reaction to reward and punishment.
Here are our article highlights:
- A fat person’s body produces a higher level of the “feel-good” hormone called dopamine when they eat unhealthy, sweet, fatty foods.
- To fight the desire for dopamine spikes(eating unhealthy foods), some dieticians suggest increasing dopamine naturally through supplementation and exercise.
- The best supplements for naturally upping your dopamine levels are Omega-3 fish oil and L-Tyrosine.
Featured quote from Redorbit –
As a registered dietitian, my job day in and day out is to gush over the “good and healthy” foods my patients should be eating, and strongly discourage them against items they should, well, never have. For example: Green leafy plants like kale and broccoli are good; processed junk food like Pop-Tarts and Cheetos are bad. Easy concept, right?
Well, experience has shown me that my overweight and obese patients rarely heed this advice–as simple as it is.
I hate to admit it, but from a nutrition and weight-loss standpoint, the saying, “I love you like a fat kid loves cake,” seems to actually be rooted in reality. People do love cake that much. (Thanks 50 Cent.)