Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Why We Overeat As We Age


A Monash University scientist has discovered that key appetite control cells in the human brain -- POMC neurons -- degenerate over time, causing increased hunger and potentially weight gain as we grow older.

POMC neurons are attacked by free radicals after eating, especially after meals rich in carbohydrates and sugars. People aged 25 to 50 are most at risk.

Source: Monash University news release

I have a simpler explanation. Older people are more likely to be married and just don't care as much anymore...

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