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The brain and the biology of obesity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16475415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Obesity has emerged as the dominant American public health problem of the 21st century. Because it stems from consuming more energy than is burned, understanding the role of appetite is central to understanding the causes of obesity. Appetite is fundamentally a biological process, based on a set of neurological signals sent from various organs and tissues to the brain; but it is also influenced by environmental and psychosocial factors. This paper outlines the biology of appetite, focusing on the multitude of hormonal and neural pathways that regulate food intake and lead to accumulation of excess body fat. It also briefly explores the effect of psychosocial and environmental factors on the brain and its signaling system, and how researchers are using this information to help control obesity.
Tiffany Beckman; Qiuying Shi; Charles Billington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Minnesota medicine     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0026-556X     ISO Abbreviation:  Minn Med     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-14     Completed Date:  2006-03-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8000173     Medline TA:  Minn Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  58-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Minnesota, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Appetite / physiology
Body Composition / physiology
Brain / physiopathology*
Emotions / physiology
Energy Metabolism / physiology
Neural Pathways / physiopathology
Obesity / physiopathology*
Satiety Response / physiology

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