In studying this recently, University of Southern California Researchers used MRIs to monitor obese and non-obese people while adjusting their blood sugar levels. The subjects were shown pictures of low-calorie and high-calorie foods, while researchers looked for differences in brain activity in the brain area that controls inhibition. They found that even with normal blood sugar levels, there was less activity in the obese group, suggesting that obese people may have a harder time fighting off hunger.
“In our view, by the time someone becomes obese, their bodies are no longer working properly, period.” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged:
“Proper regulation of blood sugar has been impaired,” adds Tom Griesel. “This becomes rather obvious when considering the various chronic disease risk factors that are commonly associated with the condition of obesity. Diet and lifestyle choices are the biggest factors in obesity. Without properly addressing these factors, obesity becomes much more likely. Along with it comes increasing stress on our overall physiology, which in turn triggers all kinds of malfunctions, including improper brain function.”
“There are many populations around the world where obesity is rare,” says Dian. “These are populations that eat a more natural and appropriate diet. They are also generally more active overall when compared to populations where obesity is more common. Is improper brain function the initial cause of obesity, or is obesity the initial cause of improper brain function? We’ll place our bet on the latter.”
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