A history of binge eating may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. In the short term, this finding may shed light on the factors that promote substance abuse, addiction, and relapse.

In the long term, may help clinicians treat individuals suffering from this devastating disease. Binge eating is defined as consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. Like addiction, binge eating has also become problematic.

Substance-abuse and binge eating are both characterized by a loss of control over consumption. Due to common characteristics of these two types of disorders, it is not surprising that the co-occurrence of eating disorders and substance abuse disorders is high. Experiment revealed that fat binging behaviors in rats leads to more cocaine consumption later.

Although underlying mechanisms are not known, but it is clear that bingeing on fat changes the brain, physiology, or both. Researchers suggested that future researches must identify these predisposing neurophysiological changes about how binging can lead to addiction-like behaviors.

By Ammara Hashmi