Chapter 6. Control of Eating

  1. Gareth Williams4 and
  2. Gema Frühbeck5
  1. Wolfgang Langhans1,
  2. Joanne Harrold2,
  3. Gareth Williams4 and
  4. Nori Geary3

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch6

Obesity: Science to Practice

Obesity: Science to Practice

How to Cite

Langhans, W., Harrold, J., Williams, G. and Geary, N. (2009) Control of Eating, in Obesity: Science to Practice (eds G. Williams and G. Frühbeck), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712221.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 5

    Department of Endocrinology, Clínica Universitaria, de Navarra, Avda. Pío XII, 36, 31008 - Pamplona, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    ETH Zürich Wolfgang Langhans, Institut für Nutztierwissenschaften Physiologie, und Tierhaltung, SLA C 3, Schorenstrasse 16, 8603 Schwerzenbach, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, The University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA, UK

  3. 3

    Institute of Animal Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich Schwerzenbach 8603, Switzerland

  4. 4

    Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470019115

Online ISBN: 9780470712221



  • control of eating;
  • hedonic evaluation;
  • postprandial satiety – denotes those processes that inhibit eating until the next meal;
  • central nervous system (CNS);
  • flavour – complex perception arising from a combination of orosensory stimuli;
  • gastric distension – contributes to the control of eating;
  • cholecystokinin (CCK);
  • apolipoprotein A-IV – protein secreted during fat absorption that controls eating;
  • dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Flavour and orosensory signals

  • Gut signals

  • Metabolic signals

  • Adiposity signals

  • The neuroanatomy of eating regulation

  • The neuropharmacology of eating control

  • Modulating factors

  • References