The acute effect of exercise on appetite
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In a world where technological advances reduce the necessity to perform physical activity, busy lifestyles mean most people claim lack of time for not exercising, and the food industry invests huge sums of money in improving food palatability, it is perhaps not surprising that the prevalence of obesity is increasing. If we are to curb the rising tide of obesity we need to know more about the regulation of human appetite and ways to manipulate it. The acute effect of exercise on appetite is a relatively poorly understood relationship. It is very hard to draw firm conclusions from this literature, because of the large variety of exercise protocols and outcome measures that have been employed. However, there does appear to be an emerging theme, that is mild to moderate intensity exercise does not significantly alter appetite (eg. George and Morganstein 2003), while moderate to high intensity exercise appears to temporarily suppress appetite (Broom et al. 2007, 2009).
Therefore, because exercise can alter the circulating concentration of appetite hormones, and these hormones can influence feeding and activity of reward-related areas of the brain, we aim to investigate the coupling of exercise-endocrinology-brain-appetite. The aim is to investigate whether exercise alters our cravings for food and, if so, can this be explained by changes in the blood and/or brain.
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