Brain area linked to binge eating identified

Researchers have identified that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity.

The researchers said that “orexin” neurons that regulates appetite, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs including cocaine.

The study by researchers at The State University, New Jersey showed that the motivation in binge-eater rats to earn sweet treats was reversed by treatment with a compound that blocks orexin signals in the brain.

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