Unlock the secrets of overeating with neuroscience. As obesity reaches epidemic levels, neuroimaging suggests a link between overeating and brain health, and may indicate new solutions for improving both brain function and eating habits. Weight problems may be all in your head—or at least in your brain—according to an emerging body of brain-imaging work and related research on cravings, overeating and addictive responses to food. Daniel Amen, MD, one of the world’s best-known neuropsychiatrists, has worked with tens of thousands of patients from 90 countries for more than 20 years and has recently gathered results and insights related to the brain–fat connection. Discover the five types of brain patterns of overeaters. Understand the different neurotransmitters. Read about a balanced circuit (brain), monitoring your negative thoughts and the nine research-based strategies that conquer cravings. This is a continuing education quiz that is sure to inspire your prefrontal cortex!
After reading this article, readers should be able to:
- Identify fundamentals of how brain health can both impact and be impacted by overeating and obesity.
- Describe the five types of brain patterns associated with overeating.
- List four neurotransmitters that may play a role in overeating.
- Compare a healthy self-control circuit in the brain with an addicted self-control circuit.
- Identify tips for overcoming cravings and automatic negative thoughts.