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Overeating And Cocaine Abuse Controlled By Same Neurons In Brain

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Dang! Not cool!

Overeating and cocaine abuse are BOTH controlled by the same neurons in the brain.

It's not what you think, though — researchers found that if you're less interested in food, the higher the risk of cocaine addiction.

So what they're saying is that the parts of the brain that control hunger are associated not only with overeating, but other behaviors not linked to food: like novelty-seeking and drug addiction.

Conversely, an increased interest in food leads to a decreased interest in novelty and cocaine.

Of course, they started looking into this because of the idea that food addiction can be just as strong as cocaine addiction because they're the same type of addiction… and flips that idea around completely.


We still feel like food addiction is a real thing, though!

[Image via AP Images.]

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