Module 7: Figure control of food intake

Neural and endocrine control of food intake.

In response to sensory stimulation (visual, smell and taste), a feeding centre in the brain initiates food uptake that is then terminated by a satiety centre. Both the gastrointestinal tract and the white fat cells are responsible for releasing signals that are integrated by brain regions such as the hypothalamus and nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) to control the neural circuits that make up the feeding and satiety neural circuits that regulate food intake. See text for further details.