Scientists just found out that our bodies can monitor fat all and regulate weight depending on the food intake. In other words, the human body contains an inbuilt weight scale that senses when our bodies’ weight increases.
The study published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, states that there is an inbuilt mechanism that scales fat in the body. According to the researchers, this biological scale can help us understand how obesity can develop in people. This body scale supposedly regulates weight gain by calculating fat mass and body weight.
“Quite simply, he have found support for the existence of internal bathroom scales.” States John-Olov Jansson, Professor at Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden.
According to Professor Jannson, the weight of the body is located in the lower extremities. Once the body senses weight gain, a signal is sent to the brain to decrease food consumption and keep the body weight at normal levels.
In the study, researchers monitored several obese rats who were attached artificial weights to make them heavier. After a while, the rats exerted themselves to the point where they lost as much weight as the artificial load. As a result, the rodents showed reduced appetite and biological mass as well as steady blood glucose levels.
This discovery acts independently from the fat regulatory hormone, leptin, which was discovered 23 years ago. According to Professor Claes Ohlsson of Sahlgrenska Academy, it is possible for leptin to be used in combination with the inbuilt weight scale to eventually develop an effective treatment for obesity.
More so, the study explained the link between sitting for long periods of time and the increased risk of developing obesity. Computer-oriented jobs will only make this link more apparent, as millions of people worldwide are required to sit in a confined space for more than 8 hours a day.
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