A research study revealed that these areas of the brain are sluggish in those people who eat too little and are hyperactive in those who eat too much.
When they were hungry and shown pictures of food, those with anorexia had lower than normal activity in the areas associated with rewarding feelings that eating causes.
At the other end of the spectrum, those who eat too much had higher than normal activity in the very same region.
It’s not about the area of the brain, it’s about the activity level. After eating, yet another area of the brain behaved differently in both groups. That area kicked on in those who are sluggish and slowed down for who typically gorged themselves.
So, before we scold our children for eating too much or too little or judge others for being obese, consider that biology might be the cause.
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