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November 22, 2010
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Study shows high-fat foods can be as addicting as drugs

Dieters often jokingly will refer to pizza or potato chips as "crack." They might be on to something.

New evidence suggests that over-indulging in high-calorie foods can, in fact, alter the brain in ways similar to drugs, contributing to the development of addiction-like compulsive eating.

In a recent study conducted by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Fla., and published in the journal "Nature Neuroscience," when rats raised on healthy food were suddenly given unrestricted access to a diet loaded with fat and sugar, they completely lost control over their eating. Even mild foot shocks couldn't keep them from …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Nov 22, 2010 11:15PM Published Nov 22, 2010 11:14PM Copyright 2010 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.