SOURCE: MedlinePlus.gov -- HealthDay
DATE: January 20, 2009
EXCERPT: " New research on the brain suggests that women unconsciously have a tougher time resisting their favorite foods than men do. .... The researchers found [via PET scans] that certain areas of the brain became more active in both the men and women when they were tempted with food. The brain areas that lit up control emotions such as motivation. Also, both men and women succeeded in making themselves feel less hungry by inhibiting their desire to eat the food. But the brain scans suggested that the women's brains were still acting as if they were hungry. .... Hormones could play a factor in women .... more
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From R&D Daily. Advantage Business Media. Source: Brookhaven National Lab. Brain imaging explains hunger pangs of men and women.
An original story and video is available here, http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/PR_display.asp?prID=876
Earlier studies on the neurobiology of eating disorders and obesity at Brookhaven Lab have: