The Brain, Obesity, Blood Sugar and Thinking

In USA Today, an article by Randy Dotinga, Healthday reported on a new study that links low blood sugar in obese people to a great desire within the brain for high-calorie foods, a finding that offers insight into why people whom become overweight tend to stay that way.

The researchers found that the obese people had less brain activity in the area known as the prefrontal cortex, where powers of inhibition (choosing not to do things) are based, even when their blood sugar levels were normal. “That implies that obese people may have a harder time fighting off the urge to eat, especially when their sugar levels are below normal,” Page said. The pre frontal cortex (PRC) is the thinking part of our brain that makes up our cognition. So, what you think, you become. This is why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and effective form of treatment for many disorders. If you can change your thinking about something, you change your feeling and subsequently your actions. In practical terms, if you decide that eating a second helping, cleaning your plate, having that desert, then your will do so. However, it you “think” the aforementioned items are unnecessary or hurtful to you, then you will make another choice. Of course, keep an eye on your blood sugar levels!

Shakespeare really captured CBT quite accurately when he said. “nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” At Klaybor and Klaybor, we specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.