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The level of activity within an individual’s prefrontal cortex seems to be critical to dietary self-control and the likelihood of overconsumption and obesity. Lower activity can make individuals more vulnerable to the appeal of calorie-rich foods. Sustained overconsumption and obesity can cause changes in the prefrontal cortex that further discourage dietary self-regulation, creating a reciprocal relationship that reinforces the poor dietary choices and encourages overconsumption.
Decision making, fMRI, Mood and emotion and social behaviour, Neurodevelopment
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, April 2019, Vol. 23, No. 4 Available: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2019.01.005
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BrainsCAN. "The prefrontal cortex and obesity: a health neuroscience perspective" (2018). Research Summaries. 1.