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Timing of food consumption activates genes in specific brain area, researchers find

Southwestern Medical Center tells us of news from the molecular genetics front, pertaining to human dysfunctional eating patterns, resulting in obesity:

“Giving up your regular late-night snack may be hard, and not just because it’s a routine. The habit may genetically change an area of the brain to expect the food at that time, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.”

In a somewhat related news story, Diet Blog writes about research published in the British Journal of Psychology: “Hungry Men Prefer Heavy Women“;

“Researchers at universities must have a lot of spare time on their hands. Recent research shows that men who are hungry (rather than satiated) find heavier women more attractive.

The researchers believe this is due to a ‘survival preference’: in times of food shortage – a heavier woman becomes ideal. They also point to physiological factors (blood sugar, hormones) that may affect drives and interests.”

The blog Slashfood also covers the subject…

August 6, 2006 - Posted by | Diet, Science

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