Chicago—Genetic and environmental influences on the brain may contribute to obesity, suggests research presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting here in October.
The meeting provided a timely forum for bringing together basic and clinical researchers who conduct studies of the causes of overeating and obesity, which largely support the concept of obesity as a biological problem rather than an issue of overindulgence.
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Brain imaging of volunteers drinking a shake suggests that overweight persons with a gene variant associated with fewer dopamine receptors may be prone to impulsive eating.
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