Monday, January 19, 2009

"Men's brains fight food urges better"

Obviously I wasn't a part of this experiment since it might have been skewed the other way. Many men who grew up in Chicago might have difficult fighting a food urge if a sausage or steak was placed in front of them.

Study: Men's brains fight food urges better

"When presented with a juicy cheeseburger, cinnamon bun, or other tempting treat, women may have a tougher time reining in their desire to eat when they are on a diet than their equally hungry male counterparts.

In a new brain-scan study, researchers flashed tasty food in front of men and women who hadn't eaten anything in at least 17 hours. Both were told to fight their hunger, but only men showed a drop in activity in brain regions involved in emotion and motivation.

Men may have better tools for appetite control, which may help explain why women are more likely to be obese than men and have a tougher time dieting, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Something happens in the brains of men which does not happen in the brains of women. It's quite amazing," said Paul A. M. Smeets, of the Image Sciences Institute at the University Medical Center Utrecht, in the Netherlands..."

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