Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Brain Training for a Healthy Diet

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Brain Training for a Healthy Diet

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Researchers from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital studying people on a behavioural weight loss programme designed to curb food addiction have hypothesised that it may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthier, lower calorie foods over unhealthy, higher calorie foods.

Scientists looking at food addiction have previously stated that once food addiction circuits are activated, it is suspected that they may be hard or impossible to reverse. This is the reasoning behind why those who try to lose weight are often subject to unhealthy food cravings and temptation. This study challenges this belief using brain scanning, suggesting that it is indeed possible to reverse unhealthy food addiction, as well as increase an individual's preference for healthier foods.

The study looked at two groups of overweight and obese subjects - one group who were currently on a weight loss programme and a control group. Both groups received magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at the start of the study as well as six months in. …

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