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Everybody talks about it but are we ignoring important aspects of obesity? Two researchers discuss areas you might not have considered: what’s going on in your fat cells and how does the impulsive brain influence food choices? Prepare to be amazed!
I Want This Now! The Impulsive Brain Speaking
Dr. Lourdes Valencia Torres (Research Fellow, Rowett Institute)
Impulsivity is defined as actions without foresight that are prematurely expressed, unnecessarily risky, and often result in undesirable consequences. Impulsivity is a component of various neuropsychiatric disorders such as drug abuse, binge eating, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and pathological gambling. Neurobiological research suggests different brain networks may contribute to distinct manifestations of impulsivity. Here I will describe what constitutes impulsive behaviour, its association with various mental disorders and the “brain’s braking system.”
A chat about fat
Dr George D. Mcilroy (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Rowett Institute)
Adipose tissue (body fat) is very important for good health. Having too much of it can cause diabetes and fatty liver disease. Some people can’t make any bodyfat, but still develop health problems like people with obesity. Adipose tissue is made of fat cells called adipocytes. The main role of fat cells is to store energy and release this when needed. However, many types of fat cell exist, each with specific jobs depending on their location in the body. Come and discover the wonders of adipose tissue and the fat cells found inside you!