AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Researchers Unlock Mechanisms in the Brain That Separate Food Consumption From Cravings

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Non-homeostatic eating – or eating because foods taste good, habits or cues – can lead to unhealthier choices and lifestyles for patients. An example of non-homeostatic eating would include eating desert after you finished a large meal; you are no longer hungry, but you continue to eat what’s in front of you. In a recent study by scientists from the University of Missouri, a discovery was made in regards to the chemical circuits and mechanisms in the brain that separate food consumption from cravings. Matthew J. Will, an associate professor of psychological sciences at the MU College of Arts and Science, a research investigator in the Bond Life Sciences Center and Parker’s adviser, says for behavior scientists, eating is described as a two-step process called the appetitive and consummatory phases. To read more on this study, click here

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