I know I’ve been posting a lot of articles lately, and I hope that’s ok. For one, I don’t have any news of my own to report (though I have a follow-up Wednesday, so that should change). And for two, I figure for people who have issues similar to my own that this could be really useful info.
So, back to the question in the subject line. If you’re obese, does your brain work differently? According to a study led by researchers at Yale University, yes.
Do read the article for the full story. It’s some pretty fascinating stuff. But in essence:
“Brain reward regions are activated when glucose levels drop below normal. In lean people, but not in the obese, the prefrontal cortex which is involved in decision making and regulating impulses are activated when glucose levels return to normal.”
Now of course I’m wondering if this sort of brain response dissipates as an obese person becomes more physically fit, or if it will remain indefinitely. I am also wondering what the rate of success might be for those who try to overcome this urge by willpower alone.
This research is actually quite comforting to me on one level. I used to worry that I was over dramatizing my lack of willpower when it came to food. According to this study, I’ve been dealing with a very chemically real form of lack of impulse control. I think that for me, at least, this might help me deal with future cravings. What does anyone else think?