Overeating Linked To Brain Power?

January 1, 2009

Canada (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, brainstorming students consume much more calories then in times of relaxation.

The study took a group of students and gave them food over three periods: once after a relaxing conversation, once after asking them to summarize a text, and once after a serious of computer tests. The results showed that, rather then the 3 extra calories they had already figured would be consumed by the effort, the students ate more then 20% more at both the second two activities, at 203, and 253 calories respectively.

The cause, it is believed, was found in the blood work, which showed a noticeable change in glucose and insulin levels, which could easily cause hunger, and a need for extra calories.

“These fluctuations may be caused by the stress of intellectual work, or also reflect a biological adaptation during glucose combustion,” Dr Jean-Philippe Chaput explained.

“Caloric overcompensation following intellectual work, combined with the fact we are less physically active when doing intellectual tasks, could contribute to the obesity epidemic currently observed in industrialised countries.”

The study, which was held on 14 students, was performed at the Universite Laval in Quebec.


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