The Biological Feeling Of Hunger

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Attention and focus is required as a college student and generally in everyday life. Attention to simple and mundane tasks can affect an individual when it concerns work and school and any possible relationship held. Eating motivation has so many factors. Some people eat when they are actually hungry while others eat out of boredom. Some people eat while socializing while some individuals eat due to stressful events experienced, just as mentioned by Dr. Penton in Behavioral Neuroscience (2015). The biological feeling of hunger comes from a structure in the brain called the hypothalamus. There are two areas of the hypothalamus that control hunger. The lateral hypothalamus causes the feeling of hunger while the ventromedial hypothalamus creates the feeling of satiety (Pinel, 2015). Homeostasis is an adaptive, behavioral response to nutrient deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, and other threats to the internal milieu in order to maintain certain critical survival variables at optimal levels. Imbalances are prone to occur in a fasting state, moving the body away from homeostasis. Our bodies have adapted to store fat in case we would possibly encounter a harsh winter, periods of famine, and in order to be able to reproduce. There is a standard set point and detection system our bodies aim to keep at all costs. The detection system is responsible in recognizing deviation from the set point and doing anything possible in efforts of getting the body back to a homeostatic state
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