Thread: Junk Food Equals Heroin.
#1 Junk Food Equals Heroin.11-19-2009, 11:55 AMSCIENCE NEWS
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Junk food addiction
You knew those Ding Dongs, candy bars and strips of bacon weren't good for you. But now comes a study suggesting that junk food may be addictive in the same way as heroin or cocaine.
Researchers at Scripps Research Institute in Florida found that rats given unlimited access to the kind of high-fat, high-calorie food available in convenience stores -- such as Ho Hos, candy bars and sausage -- became compulsive overeaters as the pleasure pathways in their brains became less and less responsive, forcing them to consume more to get the same amount of pleasure. These rats also went for the junk food even when they had to endure a slight shock to their foot to get at the food. These behaviors, according to the researchers, are classic hallmarks of addiction.
"Not only did we find that the animals' brain reward circuits became less responsive at they continued to overeat and become obese," Paul Kenny, an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at Scripps, reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, "but that decrease in responsiveness was similar to what our laboratory has seen previously in rats as they become addicted to cocaine or heroin."
When, after 40 days of unrestricted access to the junk foods, the rats were then deprived of it and fed a more nutritious food pellet, the animals refused to eat, even though they were clearly starving.
What tools. If you only eat cake all day long, you'll start craving ice cream eventually. Under no circumstances will you develop an urge to eat raw baby spinach.
11-19-2009, 12:03 PM
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Only an idiot or a governmental agency using taxpayers money would fund this stupidity.
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11-19-2009, 02:41 PM
Cravings for Ding Dongs and french fries rarely drives their addicts to depraved acts like selling their children into prostitution to ensure enough cash for the next Hostess fix. Plus, most junk food addicts bathe or shower daily, and are not lice factories.
I've been disillusioned about junkies after 22 years working in children's services. I used to feel sorry for them, now I despise them more than crackheads.
11-19-2009, 02:56 PM
Everything is a medicalized affliction these days. I guess saying that you are "addicted" to Little Debbies is sexier than admitting that you are just fat and not too worried about it.
11-19-2009, 07:04 PM
It's saying if you eat one cake you are eventually going to have to eat two cakes to get the same amount of pleasure you had from eating just the one. And then three, etc. The stimuli doesn't need to change, just the quantity. I agree about the spinach part.
Besides, didn't they already know that no one can eat just one Lay's? Sheesh.
I like the part about suffering through the shock to get the junk food. I dated several women like that. Had to have chocolate everyday no matter the cost or obstacle. I imagine Jendf is like that.
11-19-2009, 07:07 PM
I'm going to go eat another pumpkin and cream cheese muffin!
11-19-2009, 07:54 PM
Rats don't care if they have to shop at Lane Bryant. I do. Not that there's anything wrong with that - for others. :D
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