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Scientists: Dieting Forces Brain To Eat Itself

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Dieting forces brain to eat itself, scientists claim

Dieters struggle to lose weight because a lack of nutrition forces their brain cells to eat themselves, making the feeling of hunger even stronger, scientists claim.

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent
02 Aug 2011

Like other parts of the body, brain cells begin to eat themselves as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation, a study found.

The body responds by producing fatty acids, which turn up the hunger signal in the brain and increase our impulse to eat.

Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York said the findings could lead to new scientifically proven weight loss treatments.

Tests on mice found that stopping the brain cells from eating themselves – a process known as autophagy – prevented levels of hunger from rising in response to starvation.

The chemical change in their brains caused the mice to become lighter and slimmer after a period of fasting, the researchers reported in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Dr Rajat Singh, who led the study, said: "A pathway that is really important for every cell to turn over components in a kind of housekeeping process is also required to regulate appetite.

"Treatments aimed at the pathway might make you less hungry and burn more fat, a good way to maintain energy balance in a world where calories are cheap and plentiful."

By the way, have you ever noticed how thin Mr. Obama is? And that he even seems to be getting thinner? This could be one of the more positive explanations for his behavior over the last two and a half years.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Scientists: Dieting Forces Brain To Eat Itself”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    All I can think of is all those Auschwitz survivors who were freed in 1945 and went on to be complete morons. Never writing books or doing anything productive because they ate their own brains. *sigh*

    This is perhaps the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of, besides electing a bunch of communists to power in the United States.

    Or man-made global warming

    Or giving mortgages to people who can’t pay for them.

    Or free condoms or needle exchanges.

    Or abortions paid for by US taxpayers.

    Or……

    There really is no shortage of stupid people, is there?

  2. Melly says:

    Great use of the article Steve – lol.
    It would explain things indeed.
    That Barry, when he wears a black suit, he resembles a closed umbrella!
    ;-)
    (I’m being nice today to one-term Presidents)

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..” brain cells begin to eat themselves as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation…..”

    I offer the author of this article as proof……..

  4. Freedom615 says:

    VOILA! We now, FINALLY, have a plausible explanation for the goofy, uninformed, and downright stupid comments from celebrities like Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and of course the ever-anorexic Susan Sarandon.

    Rosie O’Donnell, however, remains an anomaly…

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Michael Moore is of course an aberration to this theory not to mention to common decency, honesty & trustworthiness.


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