New research shows that overeating triggers a metabolic response normally dormant in the hypothalamus region of the brain, even when a person hasn’t gained weight.

“We discovered a very general disease pathway in the hypothalamus, a structure in the middle part of the brain which functions to regulate appetite, feeding behavior, energy and therefore body-weight balance and metabolic processes,” said Dr. Dongsheng Cai, senior author of a paper published in the Oct. 3, 2008, issue of Cell that details the findings.

“Persistent stimuli from excessive amount of calories can trigger this response before the overt onset of obesity, and this response when induced can promote overeating, contributing to increased levels of caloric over consumption,” Cai added. “So, this process can be like a vicious cycle.”

Prior research had shown that eating too much triggered inflammatory responses in muscles, liver and other metabolic tissues, changes that underlie the development of type 2 diabetes.

Cai and his colleagues found that a high-fat or high-sugar diet did indeed increase the activity of this pathway in the brain as well. Once awakened, the pathway induces insulin resistance and dysfunctions of other hormones engaged with weight control and appetite.

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