Lab rats were fed some especially delicious food so Scripps Research Institute scientists could find out what caused them to overeat and become obese. It turns out the same biochemical mechanism that controls the compulsion to overeat also controls the compulsion that drives people into drug addiction. This means that junk food binging is very difficult to stop, but the finding may shed light on treating obesity. In the meantime, just say “NO” to that Twinkie!
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