January 9, 2014

Sparks Brain’s Negative Areas

1 Overweight People View Exercise Darkly

Scientists have known that images of food activate the pleasure centers of the brains of overweight people more than those of slender people, while decreasing activity in areas that dampen appetite. Now, research noted in The International Journal of Obesity has found that the brains of the overweight and the thin also respond differently to depictions of persons engaged in sport or exercise such as running, dancing or playing tennis. In the overweight, the brain area dealing with negative emotions was activated, while among the leaner subjects, those images triggered the reward centers. Significantly, the brain portion involving muscle memory was sparked in the thin but not the overweight, indicating that their negative view of exercise was partly wariness of the unfamiliar.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Obese/Overweight People Exercise More Than Thought

Tags: Exercise and the Brain, Overweight and Exercise Attitudes, Why Overweight Don't Exercise, Opinions About Exercise

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