New Study Shows How Obese
Children Respond to Sugar
Parents, this one’s for you and is so important you won’t want to look away.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have made a startling discovery: The brains of obese children respond differently when they taste sugar. Children who are at a healthy weight have an entirely different response to sugar, as was seen in the study where twenty-three 8-12 year olds—ten obese and thirteen at a healthy weight—were tested.
The new study which was published online in International Journal of Obesity, cites that these children have an increased sense of “food reward”—driven by food and the good feeling that accompanies it. This could mean that some children have brain circuitries that lead them to be predisposed to sugar cravings throughout their lives. First-author of the study was Kerri Boutelle, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and founder of the university’s Center for Health Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR).
If you didn’t already think it was important for your children to eat healthier, less sugar-laden food, let this study be the much needed inspiration to at least consider a less sugar-happy track.
As Boutelle said, “The study is a wake-up call that prevention has to start very early because some children may be born with a hypersensitivity to food rewards or they may be able to learn a relationship between food and feeling better faster than other children.”
For more details about this study see the Science Daily website.