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How does your body know you're full? - Hilary Coller

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Hunger claws at your belly. It tugs at your intestines, which begin to writhe, aching to be fed. Being hungry generates a powerful and often unpleasant physical sensation that’s almost impossible to ignore. After you’ve reacted by gorging on your morning pancakes, you start to experience an opposing force: fullness. But how does your body actually know when you’re full? Hilary Coller explains.

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  • Educator Hilary Coller
  • Director Sashko Danylenko
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Animator Oleh Shcherba
  • Editor Kasia Zabavko
  • Storyboard Artist Sashko Danylenko
  • Sound Designer Sashko Danylenko
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Hilary Coller
  • Director Sashko Danylenko
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Animator Oleh Shcherba
  • Editor Kasia Zabavko
  • Storyboard Artist Sashko Danylenko
  • Sound Designer Sashko Danylenko
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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