Junk food junkies

Rats on a junk food diet behave like drug addicts

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM October 28, 2009

Eating lots of junk food may make it get harder to choose healthy food over time.

Eating lots of junk food may make it get harder to choose healthy food over time.

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It sounds like a science experiment designed by Willy Wonka: Take a lot of junk food, feed it to some rats, and see what happens.

Scientist Paul Johnson of the Scripps Research Institute and his team did just that. But their science experiment was no fiction. They had a serious goal: to try to understand how parts of the brain play a role in obesity. (Obesity is the condition of being very ...

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