What are we doing to our brains?
The hypothalamus is a small almond sized structure situated just above the brain stem and controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian cycles. These are functions in the category of homeostasis – or balance. Look what we are doing!
Obesity appears to be strongly linked to structural changes in the brains of rats and humans, according to new research.During a study of high-fat diets in the brains of mice and rats bred to become obese, researchers found evidence of early and lasting injury to a specific part of the hypothalamus.
Then using brain imaging, the researchers also found signs of similar damage in the same area of the brain in obese humans.