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Burgers bamboozle brain into binge eating.

by Denis Faye | September 16, 2009

In case you didn’t have enough reasons to avoid ice cream and burgers, I wanted to share this CBS News clip. It talks about a new study showing that palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid, can “trick” our brains into overeating.

Although slightly patronizing, it’s a solid report until Dr. Jennifer Ashton’s hogwash advice at the conclusion. Yes, self-control is a good thing, but then she launches into this zinger: “If you just can’t stop yourself, like me — I can’t eat less then three slices of pizza at a time — then you need to compensate the next day and make sure you’re eating extra low calorie, low fat foods.”

So, to clarify, CBS reports on the evils of binge eating with their “medical expert” ending the segment by advocating the following solution: binge eating — followed by undereating, of course.

Well done. I’m surprised she didn’t suggest a quick trip to the bathroom to heave it back up.

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2 thoughts on “Burgers bamboozle brain into binge eating.

  1. CT Olson

    ya sometimes I wonder on these things. I guess they have to make the conclusion more palatable to the audience who probably eats fatty burgers several times a week. Or they just have to have some ironic appeal to distinguish themselves. The conclusion is obvious (and hence the obvious needs to be restated 😉 – you’re better off not binging in the first place.

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