Food intake and the regulation of body weight.

  title={Food intake and the regulation of body weight.},
  author={Stephen Woods and Michael J. Schwartz and Denis G. Baskin and Randy J Seeley},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
This chapter reviews the recent literature on hormonal and neural signals critical to the regulation of individual meals and body fat. Rather than eating in response to acute energy deficits, animals eat when environmental conditions (social and learned factors, food availability, opportunity, etc.) are optimal. Hence, eating patterns are idiosyncratic. Energy homeostasis, the long-term matching of food intake to energy expenditure, is accomplished via controls over the size of meals… CONTINUE READING
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