Study explains mechanism behind overeating despite satiety

Participants reported hedonic hunger -- an urge to consume more food despite being full -- when they were presented with their favorite food after having breakfast, a small study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found. Blood tests also showed the participants' ghrelin levels rose and remained elevated for up to two hours when the participants had their favorite foods. The results suggest the body may be programmed to chemically reward itself when exposed to sumptuous meals, researchers said.

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