Overweight Child's Brain Reacts Differently to Food, Study Finds

Overweight Child's Brain Reacts Differently to Food, Study Finds

Fascinating is one way to describe the science going on at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Christian Roth and his team are studying the relationship between brain signals and food consumption in children. “We want to test the brain responses to food,” he said. Roth is studying the part of the brain associated with things like food intake, impulsivity, and addiction. “The hormonal pattern is completely different in overweight children versus lean children,” Roth said. And that difference can be seen in recent MRI scans showing a lean child and an overweight one.

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