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Cheesecake-eating rats and the question of food addiction

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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Figure 1: Prolonged access to cafeteria food causes persistent elevations in threshold for BSR: comparison with drugs of abuse.


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Epstein, D., Shaham, Y. Cheesecake-eating rats and the question of food addiction. Nat Neurosci 13, 529–531 (2010).

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