Food intake, a fragile balance between neural pathways

24 agosto 2015

Scientists investigated the relative role of energy needs and «pleasure» of eating in food intake. The researchers studied a group of neurons in mice. They observed that when the neuron activity is compromised, feeding behavior becomes less related to the body’s metabolic needs and more dependent on food palatability. These results could explain how ever easier access to appetizing foods may contribute to compulsive eating disorders and favor obesity.