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Llanelli Star - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

OVEREAT­ING may change the brain by al­ter­ing a key feed­ing sup­pres­sion sys­tem, says a study.

Eat­ing too much can erode the mind’s nat­u­ral con­trols on food in­take, lead­ing to neu­ro­log­i­cal al­ter­ations which fuel obe­sity and patho­log­i­cal over­con­sump­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­search on mice.

The find­ings, pub­lished in the jour­nal Sci­ence, show that neu­rons in obese mice on a high-fat diet were al­tered in a way that dis­rupted the body’s feed­ing sup­pres­sion sys­tem, en­cour­ag­ing overeat­ing. Obe­sity af­fects more than 500 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide and around one in four adults in the UK.

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