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01 December 2010

Yo-yo dieting alters genes linked with stress

An animal study has shown that exposure to stress after dieting can lead to an increase in binge eating.

Stressed-out mice with a history of dieting ate more high-fat foods than similarly stressed mice not previously on diets, according to a new study in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest that moderate diets change how the brain responds to stress and may make crash dieters more susceptible to weight gain.

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