Friday, August 07, 2009

How binge eating alters the brain

Overconsumption of fatty, sugary foods can lead to changes in brain receptors. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that continuous eating or binge-eating of foods high in fat and sugar altered opioid receptor levels in an area of the brain that controls food intake. Opioids are a family of chemicals with actions similar to those of morphine - they occur naturally in the brain and have been linked to feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

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