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2010年3月29日月曜日

やめられない、とまらない・・・ ― binge

うまいキャッチコピーだとつくづく感心させられますが、事態はもっと深刻です。

ジャンクフードへの嗜好は、麻薬のヘロインなどと同様に中毒の一種である、というのですから・・・。


Bingeing on junk food is as addictive as smoking or taking drugs and could cause compulsive eating and obesity, a study has found.

American researchers found burgers, chips and sausages programmed a human brain into craving even more sugar, salt and fat laden food.

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida found laboratory rats became addicted on a bad diet just like people who became dependent on cocaine and heroin.

While the findings cannot be directly transferred to human obesity, it found that overconsumption of high-calorie food triggered addiction-like responses in the brain.
(Andrew Hough. Junk food 'as addictive as heroin and smoking'. The Daily Telegraph. March 29, 2010.)


"binge"という単語は、"soak"という単語に関連しているそうです。どっぷりと浸かる、という意味ではなるほどという感があります。

しかしながら、"binge"には、もはやコントロールできない程の、という含意があります。

上記で引用した記事の後半は以下のように続きます。


In the study, the research team divided the animals into three groups.

One got normal amounts of healthy food to eat, another was given restricted amounts of junk food and the third had unlimited amounts of cheesecake, fatty meat products, cheap sponge cakes and chocolate snacks.

There were no adverse effects on the first two groups. But the rats which ate as much junk food as they wanted quickly became very fat and started bingeing.
(ibid.)


まさに、”やめられない、とまらない”、の世界です。

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