Obesity surgery may help curb appetite

July 7, 2010 1:29:55 PM PDT
Obesity surgery may not only physically restrict the amount of food a person can eat, but it may also curb the drive to eat.

This refers to eating spurred not by actual physical hunger but the desire to eat because it makes a person feel good.

A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition questioned more than 130 gastric bypass patients. Many reported that the surgery had an impact on their thought and feelings about food and eating.

Researchers speculate the surgery may affect parts of the brain that then alter the production of hunger related hormones in the gut.