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Diets High In Fat Could Become An Addiction

January 26, 2011 by  

Diets high in fat could become an addictionScientists from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have recently found that mice who were fed a high-fat diet over a long period of time developed impaired genes, which increased cravings for the unhealthy foods.

The fatty foods affected the pleasure and reward sections of the brain, similar to drugs like heroin and cocaine, and caused irreversible damage after just six months of the poor diet.

Senior author of the study, Dr. Teresa Reyes, said the research could shed some light on cycles of weight gain and why it is so hard for people to overcome obesity.

The results "suggest one explanation for why some people face such difficulty in the path to weight loss and healthier eating," Dr. Reyes said.

The American Heart Association has reported that diets high in fat and cholesterol can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and different types of cancer. Additionally, such diets typically do not include the vitamins, minerals, fiber and other elements necessary for optimal health and disease prevention. 

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  • KJ

    OMG..well the bad fat does add fat and unhealthiness, it is the fast food junk, the poor quality of food choice made by these companies, the additives and chemicals these foods have in them (which in my opinion is where addition comes from) are the culprits. Folks, the purity of food is where good health comes from. Poor food choices that are loaded with additives and chemicals are your problem.

  • Robert Morrow

    I agree with K.J. that the problems lies with the junk foods and the additives and chemicals allowed by our called protectors the FDA and FTC which has sold out to the highest bidder the Pharmaceutical and food processor co. Let inset a Quote from Herbert Ley, M.D., Former FDA Commissioner. Quote: “THE THING THAT BUGS ME IS THAT PEOPLE THINK THE FDA IS PROTECTING THEM. IT ISN’T. THE FDA IS PROTECTING THE PROFITS OF THE CORPORATIONS THAT PAY US AND THE POLITICIANS!” Lets for a moment look at the poison drugs approved by the FDA to increase the Profits of the corporations. Look at Vioxx, this drug alone caused 100,000 deaths and the FDA knew this, yet let people die until the Pharmaceutical made their profits and put the 30 pieces of Silver into the pockets of your corrupt politician to look the other way or give the FDA increased power, which they just did. Remember the story of Rome and Pilot who washed his hands over and over again to try and remove the stain. I ask how many times does your politician wash his hands daily to remove the stain of all the citizens that he helped kill and all for the money. Did you know that 200,000 people die each year from prescription & non-prescription drugs> That 2000 people every year dis from taking aspirin? Do you know the 15,000 toxic material approved to be placed in foods? What causes one to be Fat and Die, the FDA, FTC, Pharmaceutical, Food Processors and your own politician which allow these poisons that make you fat and ill. Personally I am 82 years old, teach free healthy cooking class in ones own home. I was myself in the trap and found that I had to do something or die. I went from a 46 inch waist and 265 pounds to less than 40 inch waist and lost over 60 pounds. No diet foods, no diet drugs and controlled my intake of FDA & FTC approved poison. Presently I take no prescription drugs and stay away from AMA Doctors. I want to go at least another 19 years with my wife who is the same age. One more thing Cut the debt by getting rid of the FDA, FTC, Dept. of (propaganda) education and save taxpayers almost a trillion dollars a year and the citizens healthy.

  • Bitter Libertarian

    My diet has possibly 3% junk foods, and I can say that I (my body)has always been able to maintain a balance and stay within 5 pounds of what I was when I was 28, now 44yrs old. It does matter what you eat, anyone thinking differently is only fooling themselves.

  • http://com i41

    I have maintained the same weight by eating what ever, by staying busy and burning calories or carbs, with heavy physcial work. At 50 I changed to more advisory work and decreased the food intake to stay the same weight. We have too many lazy fat rear end pavement pounders and desk jockeys game players, who think they can eat like horse and a daily gym work out will keep them in shape, just doesn’t cut it.

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