Can you relate to midnight cravings and the feeling of perpetual hunger? Do you resort to grabbing fast food on the fly or eating out of a tub of ice cream while you’re bored around the house?
New research reveals obesity may be a brain disease that worsens in people with a diet high in sugar and fat. People who are diet conscious and eat healthy are less likely to indulge in sweet cravings and unhealthy snacks, since their brain recalls a sense of fulfillment derived from watching what they eat. Consuming sugars and fats hinders the functioning of the hippocampus area of one’s brain, blocking from their mind the memories of when their stomach felt full.
A study by Macquarie University suggested that Western diets made up of sweet fatty junk foods make people “forget to stop eating” as a result of which they wish to indulge in larger portions of food, and are found constantly craving food.
“Even though they were full, they still wanted to eat the sweet and fatty junk food. What was even more interesting was that this effect was strongly related to their performance on the learning and memory task, suggesting that there is a link between the two via the hippocampus,” researcher Tuki Attuquayefio, of Macquarie University, said.
Two kinds of people were observed during the study: those whose meals were largely made up of fruits and vegetables, and those who mostly ate junk food and sugary items. It was noted that when it comes to eating, people with a Western diet had problems resisting snacks, and even the smell of food right after a meal had them craving another one.
America's obesity problem shows little signs of slowing down, but could spell a lot of trouble for the overweight. Adults who are overweight are known to be at greater risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, heart problems, high cholesterol and even dementia. One small study even suggested overweight people are less intelligent in comparison to those who maintained a normal weight.
It is therefore extremely important that one maintains a balanced diet and tries to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables as they can into their daily meals. Sugars and fats should be avoided on a regular basis and only be used as a treat occasionally if one wants to remain healthy and most productive.