Brain and Behavior: Regulating Body Weight

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BRIEF INTRODUCTIONMy focus here and what I wanna share with you is how our body weight is regulated from a biological level. Nearly everyone has ideas about the best ways to go about losing weight or maintaining a healthy body weight.

I wanna emphasize that I don't have the answers, as weight loss journeys are different for everyone. And the challenge of losing weight is made greater by figuring out how to not gain it back once you've lost it. What I will do is talk about science, and biology, and genetics. In week one, my goal is to get you thinking about different factors in the environment and things that you learned throughout life that influence what you eat and when you eat. In the second week, we get much more technical. We'll talk about what is going on in your brain and body in responses to hunger and satiety cues, or cues that tell your brain that you've eaten.


When you consume food, hormones are released from all along your digestive tract and they provide signals to your brain about when you've had enough. I'll then provide you with information about how those hormonal signals affect your brain, which is where they need to act if your behaviors are going to be affected by what foods you eat. Finally, we'll talk about genetics and address the common idea of obesity being all in your genes. 


Course Tags Biology Personal-management Biology-Tutorials Biology-Courses Brain Brain-science Behavioral-science Food-Nutrition-courses Food-Nutrition Food-and-Health Nutriology Nutrition-and-Health Nutrition-courses Nutrition Healthy-eating Health Diet-and-sleep Diet Nutrition-science Weight-management Weight Purdue-University

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Type:Biology Personal-management Provider:Futurelearn University:Purdue University Language:English By Teachers:Kimberly Kinzig Time:4 hours/week 3 weeks

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