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Cheesecake-eating rats and the question of food addiction

Nature Neuroscience volume 13, pages 529531 (2010) | Download Citation

Rats given extended access to high-fat high-sugar food show behavioral and physiological changes that are similar to those caused by drugs of abuse. However, parallels between drug and food “addiction” should be drawn with caution.

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  1. Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, US National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

    • David H Epstein
    •  & Yavin Shaham

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