20 Sep '11, 10am

Unable to handle your food urges? A study suggests that you can blame your biology

CHICAGO - Thin people may be able to summon more mental defences to resist tempting, high-calorie foods than obese people, researchers in the United States said on Monday. Brain scans of thin people who looked at pictures of high-calorie foods showed increased activity in a region of the brain used for impulse control, but obese people showed little activity in this region, the researchers found. "I think there essentially may be biological reasons why people can't necessarily control their desire for food," said Dr Robert Sherwin of Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut, who worked on the study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The study is part of a push to understand the underlying biological processes that contribute to obesity, which affects more than one third of adults and nearly 17 per cent of children in the US.

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