Are women wired to binge eat??
If your eating habits are anything like mine, they might look something like this: Healthy breakfast, hurried lunch, afternoon boredom-induced unhealthy snack, healthy dinner, candy, candy, cookies, more candy…and then, sadness.
Try as I might, I'm still a bonafide binger when it comes to sugar. (My fiancé—and roommate—on the other hand, has no interest in the sweet stuff, which is super annoying.) But it turns out that I may not able to help myself: According to new research, women might simply be wired to binge eat. Which sucks, but also kinda makes me feel better about my lack of self control. (Hat tip to Jezebel for finding this cool study.)
Studying rats, researchers at Michigan State University observed that females were six times more prone to binge eating than their male counterparts. (To test this, scientists did a two-week feeding experiment in which they systematically replaced food pellets with delicious vanilla frosting. Mmmm…)
The team concluded that the natural reward system in female rats' brains could simply be more sensitive, making the pleasure effects of sweets more potent. Clearly, further research needs to be done on the matter—and with humans—but it's good to know that I may be able to blame my candy obsession on my delicate, sugar-loving brain.
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