12 Oct

We all think we can mind what we eat…

Rudd Sound Bites has a very interesting article about “mindless eating” that is kinda depressing:

An article published yesterday in the New York Times put it best: “When it comes to the slippery issues of snacking and portion control, no one thinks he or she is the schmo who digs deep into the snack bowl without thinking, or orders dessert just because a restaurant plays a certain kind of music.?

So it basically comes down to this: we don’t know that we are over-eating, and we would deny that we are if asked about it. The advice is very good: don’t count on being able to guess about portion size or the healthiness of snacks. Instead, rely on something that’s a little less subjective.

09 Oct

Food Or Its Expectation Sparks Brain’s Hunger Centers

Surprise surprise: the first bit of food makes one more hungry:

researchers found that brain activity in important hunger centers spiked with the first bites of food.”The drive to eat is massively stimulated by the start of eating,” said Gareth Leng of the University of Edinburgh, who co-led the new study with Louise Johnstone. “This shows the appetizing effect of food itself as hunger circuits are acutely switched on.”

The imminent expectation of food also activated certain brain cells involved in stimulating hunger in the animals, they found.

I wish that it were possible to not get hungry without having a trigger.

06 Oct

Overeating Really Is An Addiction For Obese People

Here’s something that I’ve always thought might be true: Overeating Really Is An Addiction For Obese People.

Obese people who eat huge amounts of food may be doing so because regions of their brain that control satiety (fullness) are also those that trigger cravings for drug addicts, say researchers from New York, USA. The scientists say that they now have a better understanding of how the brain and the stomach interact with emotions to cause overeating and obesity.

I am not trying to find excuses for my weaknesses, nor trying to put the blame for my lack of willpower on something else. But my problems with over-eating have always felt like they were more than just gluttony. Sometimes, I’ve felt literally addicted to food. And this study indicates that there is at least a possibility this feeling is legitimate.