How A High-Fat Diet In Childhood May Wire The Brain For Addiction


By Alice G. Walton

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Researchers are understanding more and more about addiction in its many forms, and each passing study reveals a little more about the neurobiology and psychology of how addiction functions. A fascinating new study looks into what may happen in childhood to predispose a person’s brain to addiction later in life—it finds that a high-fat diet in adolescence may wire the brain’s reward system to be more sensitive to “real” drugs later on. This study was done in rats, but given the similarities between the two species when it comes to addiction, the researchers believe it’s quite applicable to humans, too. And it may be particularly so, given the kinds of diets many (human) kids are growing up with these days…click here to continue reading