Researchers showed how rat brains changed when they had access to high-calorie, high-fat food. The study showed a deterioration in the chemical imbalance in the circuits of the brain wired for reward. The study, presents the most thorough and compelling evidence that drug addiction and obesity are based on the same underlying neurobiological mechanisms.
The animals completely lost control over their eating behaviour, the primary hallmark of addiction. They continued to overeat even when anticipated receiving electric shocks, highlighting just how motivated they were to consume the palatable food.
As the pleasures of the brain deteriorate and become less responsive, the rats developed compulsive overeating habits and became obese, the study found. The changes in their brains were similar to those in rats which over-indulge in heroine or cocaine. Sausage, bacon and cheese cake were among the foods offered to the rats.
They also went for worst type of food, said the researcher, and as a result, they took in twice the calories as the control rats. The rats refused to eat when they were offered nutritious, healthy food.
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