30 Dec '11, 7pm

Study: Brains show evidence of injury after you eat fat: Researchers say they have found the first evidence that...

You’ve heard “a minute on the lips, years on the hips,” or some variation. But did it make you put down that frosted butter cookie? No? OK, here’s another bit of research to snack on: After humans and rodents eat a high-fat diet, their brains begin to show evidence of injuries in just 24 hours. If they keep eating that yummy fatty stuff continuously, the area of their brains that regulates weight — the hypothalamus — will show evidence of serious inflammation and structural damage. Researchers say they have found the first evidence that “hypothalamic neuron injury” is associated with obesity caused by a high-fat diet in rodents and humans. That may help explain, the researchers said, why dieting and exercise often lead right back to a “set weight” for obese individuals. “Obese individuals are biologically defending their elevated body weight,” said Dr. Michael Schwartz, a ...

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