The Biggest Loser, Brain Science, and Obesity

November 9, 2011 at 10:41 AM (Uncategorized) (, )

I saw something fascinating last night.

The Biggest loser had a specialist in brain science from Johns Hopkins on last night and he showed some brainscan info that was interesting.

The brain activity of obese people when confronted with food vs the same meal offered to a lean person.

The obese person craves a burger more, by direct image of the brain their pleasure center lights up about three times as much as the thin person…

But…when they actually eat the burger they get less/weaker dopamine activation than the lean subject, again, proof is in the brainscan. Per this doc, that’s one of the reasons they eat more stuff, to bring the dopamine response up.

This was always given as anecdotal evidence but now there is visual evidence to prove it.

I have a lot of problems with the Biggest Loser sometimes, but I think the show did a real service last night.


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