More words of wisdom from the rat-speakers.
A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.
Doing drugs such as cocaine and eating too much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain, according to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Florida. Eventually the pleasure centers “crash,” and achieving the same pleasure–or even just feeling normal–requires increasing amounts of the drug or food, says Kenny, the lead author of the study.
“People know intuitively that there’s more to [overeating] than just willpower,” he says. “There’s a system in the brain that’s been turned on or over-activated, and that’s driving [overeating] at some subconscious level.”
Guess what. If I was a rat trapped in a cage, set to be experimented on until I died, I’d take all the heroin, cocaine, and fatty foods they gave me.
But I’m not a rat. I’ve got a pretty decent intellect, unlimited opportunities of interesting and stimulating activities and pursuits, a fairly strong sense of self-awareness, and, yes, some will-power.
And what about the scientists who work with the rats? They have access to all that cocaine and fatty food. Why aren’t they addicted?
Perhaps the real truth is that scientists cause cancer in white mice and that caged rats will become addicted to anything their handlers desire.
Oh, wait! Wait a second! Clear at the very bottom of the article almost hidden under a dozen advertisements within the text for health.com articles, is this tiny little disclaimer…
Although he acknowledges that his research may not directly translate to humans,
So why the huge picture of an upscale slice of cheesecake nicely on a plate with a raspberry garnish with the caption “Cheesecake and other fatty foods overload the pleasure centers in the brain.”?
Is that what they fed to the rats? No, of course not. It’s just typical bad journalism from the rat-speakers.