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How the brain influences our eating habits and weight gain

Two separate teams of researchers have identified how genes involved in neural development can affect body weight and how brain cells involved in memory play an important role after a meal in reducing future eating behaviour. The first team – led by investigators at the University of Cambridge and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have pinpointed a set of molecules that wire the body weight centre of the brain.

Bariatric surgery causes positive changes in obesogenic behaviour

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) in adolescents can cause changes in brain and cognitive functioning relevant to obesogenic behaviour and result in weight loss that was associated with reduced prefrontal activation, suggesting the brain changed and adapted (neural plasticity) because of the metabolically induced surgical changes.

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