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<P><SPAN class=articleLocation>WASHINGTON </SPAN>(Reuters) - Bingeing on 
high-calorie foods may be as addictive as cocaine or nicotine, and could cause 
compulsive eating and obesity, according to a study published on 
Sunday.</P></SPAN>
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<P>The findings in a study of animals cannot be directly applied to human 
obesity, but may help in understanding the condition and in developing therapies 
to treat it, researchers wrote in the journal "Nature Neuroscience."</P><SPAN 
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<P>The study, involving rats, found that overconsumption of high-calorie food 
can trigger addiction-like responses in the brain and that high-calorie food can 
turn rats into compulsive eaters in a laboratory setting, the article 
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<P>The scientists also found decreased levels of 
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