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    Women React Differently to Food than Men

    Another study confirms different thought processes.

    Study: Women less able to suppress hunger than men

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090119/...obesity_gender

    WASHINGTON – Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain's mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.

    Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory and colleagues were trying to figure out why some people overeat and gain weight while others don't.

    They performed brain scans on 13 women and 10 men, who had fasted overnight, to determine how their brains responded to the sight of their favorite foods. They report their findings in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    "There is something going on in the female," Wang said in a telephone interview, "the signal is so much different."

    Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Addiction and a co-author of the paper, said the gender difference was a surprise and may be because of different nutritional needs for men and women, although she stressed that idea is speculative.

    Because the traditional role of the female is to provide nutrition to children, the female brain may be hard-wired to eat when foods are available, she said. The next step is to see if female hormones are reacting directly with those specific parts of the brain.

    "In our society we are being constantly being bombarded by food stimulus," she said in a telephone interview, so understanding the brain's response can help in developing ways to resist that stimulus.

    Eric Stice, an expert on eating disorders at the Oregon Research Institute, called the findings provocative.

    "I think it is very possible that the differences in hunger suppression may contribute to gender differences in eating disorders and that they are likely linked to gender differences in estrogen and related hormones," said Stice, who was not part of Wang's research team.

    Weller was a co-author of a recent paper in the journal NeuroImage that studied women's brains when participants were shown pictures of food. They found that obese women had a much stronger reaction than normal-weight women in brain regions related to reward.

    Wang noted that behavioral studies have shown that women have a higher tendency than men to overeat when presented with tasty food or under emotional distress.

    This may result from differences in sex hormones, he said, and further research is planned to see if that is the case.

    Alice H. Lichtenstein, an expert in eating behavior at Tufts University, called Wang's research "very interesting ... I hope to see more like it."

    Obesity has been increasing and Wang also suggested that another part of the reason is changes in society.

    While food choices were seasonal and more limited for our ancestors, choices today are wider and the food is so tempting, he said.
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090119/...obesity_gender

    WASHINGTON – Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests.
    I thought this is only true for non-whites, I can remember a statistic by yours, that at least in the US, white overweight males exceed overweight white females.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jäger View Post
    I thought this is only true for non-whites, I can remember a statistic by yours, that at least in the US, white overweight males exceed overweight white females.
    Can't find good updated data for that offhand. That could well be true, due to much greater social pressures on white women to stay slim, or a greater/more long term response to such social pressures. Being higher IQ means more likely to figure out "if I eat this entire carton of chocolate ice cream, I will gain weight and have a hard time getting a man." There aren't as much social pressures on men to not be overweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwordOfTheVistula View Post
    Being higher IQ means more likely to figure out "if I eat this entire carton of chocolate ice cream, I will gain weight and have a hard time getting a man."
    I doubt the knowledge of this is lacking in lower IQ individuals, mostly the fattest people know very well what food would be good for them, and they know a lot more about metabolism than normal people. What they lake in their monkey like character is the control of primal urges, which only higher people can achieve.
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