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T o E a t o r N o t t o E a t | 1 To Eat or Not to Eat Name Brandy Travis PSY 240 Axia College
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T o E a t o r N o t t o E a t | 2 My name is Brandy Travis, and I will be your group counselor. Eating is a part of human nature. It is necessary to maintain good health and wellness, but some people may find themselves facing negative health factors due to overeating or under eating. My goal is to help you understand the various physiological factors that may drive you to eat or not eat. We will discuss some common myths found within society and we will also be discussing various proven facts in relation to hunger and satiety. Please keep in mind that by learning more about the underlying causes of hunger and satiety you may be able to understand and confront your own eating disorder. I will also be giving everyone a chance to present any questions that they may have in regards to their own personal issues. Hunger and satiety are the two main driving factors that lead to food consumption. To make this concept a little easier to understand try thinking of hunger as something that tells us when to eat, while satiety tells us how much to eat. Now let’s take a look at the various physiological factors that affect hunger and satiety. Blood Glucose Levels Our blood glucose tends to remain at a fairly stable level most of the time. Hormones found in the pancreas help keep our glucose levels steady. One theory points towards people experiencing hunger as a result of a drop in blood glucose levels when faced with premeal hunger. Some studies have found that when our bodies are anticipating a meal (premeal hunger) our blood glucose levels can drop up to 8% (Pinel, 2007). Often people see premeal hunger as an indicator that they need to consume food for energy, but it is actually the body’s way of preparing for the consumption of food, which causes the body stress and disrupts the body’s homeostatic balance (Pinel, 2007).
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T o E a t o r N o t t o E a t | 3 The Hypothalamic Hunger Myth An experiment was performed on rats which examined the relationship between two regions of the hypothalamus and eating behavior. It was actually believed that these two regions of the hypothalamus controlled one’s eating behavior (Pinel, 2007.) Scientists performed various operations on rats to study how the brain controls eating behavior. Some rats were given
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