Study: Quitting junk food may cause withdrawal symptoms

December 14, 2012 1:47:17 PM PST
A new study says the feelings you have when quitting junk food are similar to the ones experienced in drug withdrawal.

Researchers at the University of Montreal say a high-fat diet can actually cause chemical changes in the brain.

Those changes could lead to stress and withdrawal symptoms if you switch to a healthier diet.

The research was performed on mice for a period of six weeks.

The author says the chemicals monitored in the mice are similar to those found in the human brain.

Details are in the International Journal of Obesity.