Fats encourage overeating

Scientists find that fats push an “eat more” button in rats

By Stephen Ornes, 14:15 PM July 27, 2011


Fatty foods can be hard to resist and hard on your health. A high-fat diet can increase weight and the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in America. But many people still find it difficult to limit fats. A new study suggests why these foods are so attractive.

In a recent experiment, scientists fed fats to rats to learn more about the molecules involved in overeating. The researchers wanted to know what messages fats might send to the brain and other parts of the body. By s...

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