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Brain Imaging Shows Women Stress Eat More

Posted Jan 24 2009 12:00am

A study that did state-of-the art imaging of male and female brains suggests women can’t control their desire for food as well as men. It appears women have a much stronger have stronger signal in the part of the brain that controls hunger, desire to eat and reaction to food. This may begin to explain why women are more prone to emotional eating by about 50%. The research showed that for men, their brain scans showed much less hunger-related activity when they tried to suppress their desire for food. For most women, they showed more hunger related activity than men when they had to hold back their desire for food.  It is thought that there may be a link between hunger and female hormones that may promote weight gain and overeating in some women.

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