Obesity and the Brain

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Rethinking public mental health: learning from obesity

This commentary piece written in the Lancet Psychiatary, reviews Stanley J Ulijaszek’s new book, Models of Obesity. It argues that the field of mental health could learn a lot from the challenges of obesity and the approaches used to tackle it....
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Future Pharmacotherapy for Obesity: New Anti-Obesity Drugs on the Horizon

This review published in Current obesity reports looks at how our increased understanding of energy regulation and neurohormonal pathways in energy homeostasis (the body’s mechanism for controlling caloric intake and energy expenditure) are being...
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Pilates and aerobic training improve levels of depression, anxiety and quality of life in overweight and obese individuals

It is common knowledge that exercise can play an important role in treating the physical parts of obesity, however the emotional benefits are less often talked about. In this study, published by the Brazilian journal Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  63...
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Does obesity affect your memory?

A new study from Indiana University has found that memory training has only a third of the benefit to older adults with obesity than it does to their normal weight counterparts. The researchers followed cognition over a period of 10 years and compared...
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Inactivity breeds inactivity

A new study published in Cell Metabolism has found that inactivity leads to further decreased motivation to move. The study was conducted in mice and aimed to shed light on why people, or animals, with obesity were less active. The findings suggest that...
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Does fatty food cause mental health issues?

A recent study published in Molecular Psychiatry has found that excess fatty intake can affect the cognitive function of brains. This study was conducted in mice, and found that diets rich in fat reduce levels of an important protein called reelin that...
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Does brain volume predict successfulness at weight loss?

Scientists at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre claim that they are able to predict an individual’s chances of success at weight loss with a simple brain scan and have published their findings in Obesity. The researchers used MRI scans to assess...
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Ability to successfully diet dependent on brain structure

A new research paper published in Cognitive Neuroscience. Thas examined the connections between executive control and the reward system in the brain to better understand why some people are more successful at dieting than others. It found that in some...
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Stress can erase the benefits of choosing ‘good fat’ Researchers

Researchers from Ohio State University have found that a stressful event before eating can erase any benefits of a healthy fat choice, these results were published in Molecular Psychiatry. The researchers knew that diet and stress were related in some...
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Lasting mental effects of discrimination in adolescents

The bullying experienced by overweight adolescents can lead to significant emotional problems in later life. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology it has been found that the demeaning responses from...
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Overweight affects different types of stroke in different ways

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide and this study found that overweight women are at an increased risk of ischaemic stroke – associated with blockages of blood in the brain, but at a decreased risk of haemorrhagic...
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Reward centres of obese women act differently to those of normal weight

A new study has shown that the parts of the brain that control feelings of reward continue to respond after severely obese women are already full.  The brains of 15 obese women were compared with the brains of 15 lean women. It was found that activity...
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