Food Intake Regulation

Authored by: Lynda M. Brown , Deborah J. Clegg

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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In its simplest form, the regulation of body weight involves a negative feedback loop where factors generated in proportion to body fat act centrally to control energy intake and expenditure. 1 , 2 It involves hormones secreted in proportion to body fat that are able to communicate with the brain by binding to their receptors within the central nervous system (CNS), 3 which is a confirmation of the lipostatic hypothesis proposed by Kennedy. 4 This review will focus on the regulation of food intake by adiposity signals that begin as peripheral circulating factor that communicate with the brain in a negative feedback loop.

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