An obesity-associated risk allele within the FTO gene affects human brain activity for areas important for emotion, impulse control and reward in response to food images.

@article{Wiemerslage2016AnOR,
  title={An obesity-associated risk allele within the FTO gene affects human brain activity for areas important for emotion, impulse control and reward in response to food images.},
  author={Lyle Wiemerslage and Emil Karl Nilsson and Linda Solstrand Dahlberg and Fia Ence-Eriksson and Sandra Castillo and Anna L. Larsen and Simon B A Bylund and Pleunie S. Hogenkamp and Gaia Olivo and Marcus Bandstein and Olga E. Titova and Elna-Marie Larsson and Christian Benedict and Samantha J Brooks and Helgi B. Schi{\"o}th},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2016},
  volume={43 9},
  pages={1173-80}
}
Understanding how genetics influences obesity, brain activity and eating behaviour will add important insight for developing strategies for weight-loss treatment, as obesity may stem from different causes and as individual feeding behaviour may depend on genetic differences. To this end, we examined how an obesity risk allele for the FTO gene affects brain activity in response to food images of different caloric content via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Thirty participants… CONTINUE READING
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