The rapidly rising rate of obesity has created many questions as well as many studies searching for answers. While a singular answer to the "epidemic" is unlikely, a new study revealed a couple of interesting components to this quandary. New research from the University of Oregon, suggests that folks that don't find eating pleasurable have a greater chance of being overweight, due to smaller amounts of dopamine receptors on their brain. Dopamine receptors help the brain to measure pleasure, and it seems that overweight people are trying to compensate for their lack of satisfaction by eating more. It takes more food to create the same amount of enjoyment. There is even a genetic marker for the lack of dopamine receptors that researchers used to predict weight gain in study participants.
This study involving genetic testing, brain scans, chocolate shakes, and 76 girls and young women, got me thinking about my relationship with food. Do I eat for pleasure, nutrition or both? How do I feel about food, what does food make me feel? What about you . . .