A Dimebag of donuts?

by Denis Faye | March 29, 2010

There’s a new study out indicating that bacon might be the new crack. From CNN:

In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author studied three groups of lab rats for 40 days. One of the groups was fed regular rat food. A second was fed bacon, sausage, cheesecake, frosting, and other fattening, high-calorie foods–but only for one hour each day. The third group was allowed to pig out on the unhealthy foods for up to 23 hours a day.

Not surprisingly, the rats that gorged themselves on the human food quickly became obese. But their brains also changed. By monitoring implanted brain electrodes, the researchers found that the rats in the third group gradually developed a tolerance to the pleasure the food gave them and had to eat more to experience a high.

They began to eat compulsively, to the point where they continued to do so in the face of pain. When the researchers applied an electric shock to the rats’ feet in the presence of the food, the rats in the first two groups were frightened away from eating. But the obese rats were not. “Their attention was solely focused on consuming food,” says Kenny.

The article goes on to point out that the fat rats behavior was similar to that of rats addicted to cocaine or heroin.

We’ve reported on food addiction before, but wow. And the sad thing is, by comparison, illegal drugs look sexy. I mean, Coca Cola, you can put vending machines in all the high schools you want, Lou Reed or Eric Clapton still won’t write a song about you.

Actually, that’s not true. Clapton would write a song about putting Twinkies up his butt if the pay was right, but you get the point.

(Note: What makes this post especially disturbing is that it instantly reminded me of world’s fattest man sketch from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, which is why I featured that image. The guy looked vast when the movie came out in 1983, but as I look at the image now, I’m a little unnerved. He’s just not that fat by today’s standards.)

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3 thoughts on “A Dimebag of donuts?

  1. Prima Ballerina

    Ah, that was a good sketch…Although it is disturbing that you actually DO see people like that.

    By the way, I don’t even LIKE Eric Clapton, but I would if he wrote a song about putting Twinkies up his b-hole. I’d totally listen to that.

    Did they really need to do this study? Isn’t it kind of obvious anyway?

  2. screwdestiny

    And THAT is exactly why I don’t overeat. I love food, so I don’t want to eat too much of it to where it ends up ruining my health and I have to keep eating more and more for it to be just as delicious. I’d rather just eat one strip of bacon and savor that.


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