“..Fatty foods may damage the region of the brain responsible for regulating a person’s appetite – which could account for why overweight people often find it difficult to stick to a diet, scientists said.
A study has found that a diet rich in saturated fats leads to the sort of damage to the brain’s hypothalamus that would normally be seen during ischaemic stroke – when the nerves are starved of oxygen.
The hypothalamus is a key region of the brain involved in controlling appetite -
- so the findings suggests that saturated fats may be having a direct affect on the ability of the body to stick to a diet – said Lynda Williams of the Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health at Aberdeen University.
“The hypothalamus is a small area at the base of the brain containing neurones that control the amount of food we eat and the energy we expend.
However, this control breaks down in obesity – the system appears not to work –
- and we don’t really know why this happens,” Dr Williams said…”
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