Binge eating, such as when suffering from compulsive hunger or binge-eating, has a negative effect on our brain. This makes it difficult for us to lose weight and on the contrary leads to obesity more easily. But not only, scientists explain today, for a matter of excess calories. The problem would be upstream. Our brains would lose the ability to signal to the body that it is full.
we see what happens to our brains when we tend to overeat in light of recent scientific studies.
UNCONTROLLED FEEDING: NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON OUR BRAIN
Binge eating suppresses the hypothalamus’ satiety signals.
- In the lateral hypothalamic area of our brain there are neurons that send signals to stop eating. But when you tend to overeat and binge frequently, the signal from these neurons gets weaker, making it difficult to reduce quantities and return to normal eating. The result is that the more you binge, the hungrier you will be.
- Specifically, binge eating of foods that contain fat reduces this activity of the hypothalamus by 80% in 12 weeks.
Binge eating can be a symptom of a specific hormone deficiency.
- According to another study , those who tend to binge are deficient in a hormone called GLP-1, which is produced in both the small intestine and the brain, and which reduces the sense of hunger. However, this hormone is drastically reduced if we eat a highly inflammatory diet.
But can we reverse this process?
The answer is yes. That’s how