Men and Women's Brains Respond Differently When It Comes to Food

Men and Women's Brains Respond Differently When It Comes to Food

  • Submitted By: Almie300
  • Date Submitted: 03/04/2009 11:26 AM
  • Category: Psychology
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According to an article in the Kansas City Star, men and women’s brains

respond differently when it comes to food. Scientists have discovered women have

a much harder time saying no to favorite foods then men do. This study could shed

some light on the increasingly dangerous up-ward trend of obesity (schmid, 2009, A6).

Medical department leader, Gene-Jack Wang and his colleagues were

surprised to find the differences in brain responses to food between males and

females. The results will hopefully shed some light on why the obesity rate is

higher in women and girls as opposed to men and boys (schmid, 2009, A6).

The findings will be reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

Sciences. After test subjects were quizzed about favorite foods all were asked to

fast. A technique called cognitive inhibition was used. While brain scans accrued

test subjects were subjected to their favorite foods (Schmid, 2009, A6).

According to the study men’s brains were able to resist the desire for food

Whereas woman’s brains was unable to resist the desire for food

Why this happens, is because the part of the female brain that responses to food

remains active (Schmid, 2009, A6).

This study is another indication of just how different male and female brains

really are. As science moves forward Scientist will continue discovering the

psychological effects food has on the human brain. My hope is that through this

study females can learn to control and mentally overcome the desire to overeat or

eat unhealthy


The better understanding we begin to have of our brains the

mentally healthier we can become. Bit by bit the human brain is

releasing its secrets to us. Let us consume and apply our learned knowledge to

everyday living.

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