Obesity has a strong genetic determinant, and as a result we are differentially equipped to deal with the modern food environment. Dealing with this problem requires that we overcome the genetic weakness inherent in susceptible people.
This requires that we understand and exploit the satiating properties of certain food components better and learn how to influence hardwired behaviours.
Some of the scientific themes covered within the Obesity and Metabolic Health research programme fall into an area of science known as neuroendocrinology, and thus reflect the interplay between the endocrine and nervous systems, and the control of vital physiological functions.
The British Society for Neuroendocrinology website has a public engagement section that presents accessible summaries of the importance of neuroendocrinology in the following categories: behaviour, sex, maternal influence, stress, obesity, body clock.