“Chronic consumption of high-fat food and obesity induce plasticity-related changes in reward circuitry that are associated with a depressive-like phenotype,” says a study appearing in the International Journal of Obesity. The study looked at the development of anxiety and depressive-like behavior, as well as biochemical alterations in brain reward circuitry, in mice fed a high-fat diet for 12 weeks.
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