Fats stimulate binge eating

Fats stimulate binge eating

Rat study suggests strategy for combating the munchies

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 15:29 PM July 8, 2011

Eating fatty foods may give you the munchies. A new study shows that when rats taste fat, it stimulates the same cellular buttons triggered by the active ingredient in marijuana, telling the body to keep on eating.

Uncovering the events that lead to this molecular “eat, eat” missive will make it easier to develop drugs that curb binge eating and other weight related-problems, says pharmacologist Daniele Piomelli, who led the new work.

Piomelli and his colleagues were interested in compou...

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