Particular brain region may implicate obesity and anxiety, according to the latest study showing that brain mechanisms are highly complex, which help body in feeling hungry.

The recent study conducted on mice found that one of the brain regions that plays a crucial role in controlling the impulses in animals to flee or feed, can have implications in humans for obesity and anxiety.

New finding obtained in this research and disclosed in the journal Cell Reports has helped the team to assess whether the investigation of the mechanism will further indicate clues for the upcoming treatments targeting at the conditions such as psychiatry or obesity, which are associated to anxiety.


A leading author of the study, Dominic Withers from the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Imperial College London stated that, “We have shown for first time. That activity in this small population of brain cells acutely changes food intake. That hadn’t been shown before. There’s a long-standing recognition. Those things like obesity are associated with altered anxiety states and altered emotions and so it is a bit of a chicken and egg as to which came first.”

Researchers from the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom have contributed in the study and examined brain mechanism specifically in a region of the brain known as the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) that has long been an interesting subject in the field of obesity research.

“At the moment we’re only in the foothills of discovering how the brain works, particularly the appetite regulatory circuits”, Withers added in statement “But when you start combining these new tools in the lab, we’re really moving into a revolution in brain science.”