Does “food porn” promote overeating?

I was eating dinner in a restaurant, where the bar at the TV was showing a cupcake contest on the Food Network.  I wondered if people watching would be stimulated to eat more.  Lo and behold, new research shows that looking at pictures of food causes people’s levels of the hormone ghrelin to go up. Ghrelin is a hormone made by the stomach that increases appetite.  Some researchers think that one way gastric surgery works is by cutting out stomach tissue that would normally make the ghrelin.

So, I keep tempting food out of the house, and stay out of tempting places.  Planning, not willpower!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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