Published On: Thu, Jan 28th, 2016

Brains of obese children work differently: Study



Mothers are always conscious of making their children heavy and for this they force kids to eat more but it has been observed that weighty kids are mostly unhealthy. Some researchers at a US university have revealed that brains of obese children work in a different way from those of children of healthy weight and recommend that diet and exercise may not be sufficient to do up their normal weight.

The research study was organized at the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Tennessee said mindfulness, a practice employed as a therapeutic method to center alertness, should be considered as a way to promote healthy eating and weight loss in children.

Kevin Niswender, a senior author, stated that “Adults — and especially children — are primed towards eating more,”

It was added that “This is great from an evolutionary perspective, but in today’s world — full of readily available, highly advertised, energy dense foods — it is putting children at risk of obesity.”

Ronald Cowan, a co-author, further added that “We think mindfulness could recalibrate the imbalance in the brain connections associated with childhood obesity,”

Employing MRI scan, the researchers discovered that unhealthy eating behaviors and obesity could be a sign of an inequity in the functional link between brain areas connected with reaction inhibition, impulsivity, and reward.

The practice of mindfulness can boost reaction inhibition and reduce impulsivity.

While mindfulness has had sundry consequences when employed for weight loss and weight control amid adults — showing “the acute tenaciousness of adult obesity,” in addition to age-related failure of brain plasticity — the research study holds up the significance of early recognition of kids at peril for obesity, and the require to develop new methods to take care of and avoid it, the researchers told.

The research study results were cited on 21 January in the journal Heliyon.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.