Brain function differs in obese children and mindfulness may help.

1 Feb

A paper in the journal Heliyon titled: “Imbalance in resting state functional connectivity is associated with eating behaviors and adiposity in children.”

The authors write:

“We hypothesized that unhealthy eating habits and adiposity among children are associated with functional connectivity between brain regions associated with impulsivity, response inhibition, and reward.”

You can find a good summary here.

One interesting note:

“Our results indicate the importance of identifying children at risk for obesity for earlier intervention. In addition to changing eating habits and physical activity, strategies that normalize neural functional connectivity imbalance are needed to maintain healthy weight. Mindfulness may be one such approach as it is associated with increased response inhibition and decreased impulsivity.”



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