We've got scientific proof.
Hey ladies, have you ever wondered why you keep packing on the pounds while your husband merely mentions he's going to lose weight and does? Well, according to a recent study, it's not your fault because the female brain may be hardwired to EAT, EAT, EAT!!
According to Gene-Jack Wang and colleagues of Brookhaven National Laboratory, women are less able to suppress their hunger when faced with their favorite foods. This discovery may help explain why women have higher obesity rates than men.
According to to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.3% of American women compared to 33.3% of men are obese.
The researchers performed brain scans on 13 women and 10 men who had fasted overnight to see how their brains responded to the mere sight of their favorite foods.
In the study, participants were quizzed about their favorite foods, which ranged from pizza to cinnamon buns and burgers to chocolate cake, and then were asked to fast overnight.
The next day, they underwent brain scans while being presented with their favorite foods. In addition, they used a technique called cognitive inhibition, which they had been taught, to suppress thoughts of hunger and eating.
While both men and women said the inhibition technique decreased their hunger, the brain scans showed that men's brain activity actually decreased, while the part of women's brains that responds to food remained active.
"Even though the women said they were less hungry when trying to inhibit their response to the food, their brains were still firing away in the regions that control the drive to eat," Wang said.
So the next time we are forced to wear our "fat jeans," we'll remind ourselves that our genes are to blame.