Probably the Key to Self-Harming Behaviors – Broken or Insufficient μ-Opioid Receptors

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the brains of morbidly obese women contained fewer μ-opioid receptors available for binding than the brains of women of normal weight. These receptors allow people to feel the intense rushes of pleasure that come with activities from eating to using heroin.

“If there is insufficiency in [the food reward processing] system, the compensation would be to reach the pleasurable level [by eating] a little more,” Continue reading