Body Weight Controlling Brain Cells May Get Damaged By Regular Intake Of High-Fat Foods!
According to a new study conducted by a group of scientists led by Joshua Thaler from the University of Washington, Seattle, obese people may be damaging the neurons or nerve cells in the brain responsible for controlling body weight by regular consumption of foods high in fats.
According to Thaler, this could be the reason behind the difficulty in shedding the excess weight gained by obese people as their body weight controlling brain cells are injured.
The study involved lab mice and rats whose brains were analyzed after feeding them with high-fat food for a period of 8 months.
These animals were divided into groups, each containing about 6 to 10 of them. They were then given food rich in fat on a daily basis and they gained weight throughout the study.
It was observed that the hypothalamus (area of the brain that has nerve cells that control body weight) of these rodents showed inflammation. Moreover, the cells responsible for wound healing during any injury known as glia and microglia piled up at the same time indicating neuronal damage.