MRI Images Demonstrate Why Drinking Water Sometimes Curbs Appetite Interview with:

Guido Camps, MSc PhD candidate Wageningen University and Research Centre The Netherlands

Guido Camps

Guido Camps, MSc PhD candidate
Wageningen University and Research Centre
The Netherlands

Editor’s note:  The researcher would like readers to be aware that this work is preliminary and has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: The background was that we wanted to study gastric distension with actual food. Because using different foods would also change the caloric content, we added water. We wanted to see if we could measure both the stomach and the brain, and what the added distension would feel like to the subjects and what brain effects we could see. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Perhaps nothing more than that we can use MRI/fMRI to show why drinking water sometimes curbs appetite (which was known already, but we are close to finding out the mechanism). What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: We would like to see if we can use the brain activation patterns to understand the differences between people when it comes to how full they feel (eg what people have better interoceptive awareness). Thank you for your contribution to the community.

Citation: Just add water: how water affects gastric distension, appetite and brain activity

Abstract presented at the 2016
24th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

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