Scientists said the brains of overweight people are wired in a way that makes them prone to overeating. As a result, when they are daydreaming, they fail to recognise if they have already eaten too much food - and continue to eat, they warned.  
The study looked at the effects of mindfulness on children's dietary habits.  

Using data from 38 children between the ages of eight and 13—five obese, six overweight, and the rest within a healthy weight range—the weight of each child was recorded, along with their answers from an eating behaviour questionnaire.
Researchers then used MRI scans to show activity in the regions of the brain thought to be associated with weight and eating habits: the inferior parietal lobe, the frontal pole, and the nucleus accumbens.
Their results showed that children who were either overweight or obese had stronger connections to the frontal pole, associated with impulsivity.

The study was published in the Heliyon journal.


Latest News from Lifestyle News Desk