Might mindfulness combat childhood obesity?

This is fascinating….according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University, obese children’s brains function differently than children at average weight, which suggests a need to change brain function. “In a paper published in the journal Heliyon, the researchers suggest that mindfulness, a practice used as a therapeutic technique to focus awareness, should be studied as a way to encourage healthy eating and weight loss in children.”  Read the full article here.  20160818-04_a_outlawThis image is part of my Sugar Series. This piece was influenced by the latest in neuroimagery. PET highlights both the habit-forming and the reward control regions of an obese subject. According to the actual PET scan, obese people have a depressed reward center and an active habit forming area.

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