Fatty diet leads to fat-loving brain cells

In mice, high-fat chow spurs birth of neurons that encourage weight gain

By Laura Sanders, 20:39 PM March 25, 2012

Cheeseburgers pack on the pounds, but in mice a high-fat diet also packs on new nerve cells in the brain. More brain cells may seem like a good thing, but these newly sprouted cells appear to trigger weight gain in the animals, a new study finds.

The results offer insight into how the brain controls weight. If the same thing happens in humans, these nerve cells may be a target for anti-obesity treatments.

“This kind of work will definitely inform how we think about the underlying factors ...

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