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My favorite news item of the week: Swiss researches have discovered a new psychological disorder which they've called "Gourmand Syndrome." Turns out that people who are passionately obsessed with food actually have lesions in their right anterior cerebral hemisphere -- lesions which do not appear in people who are not food obsessed. Those of us who suffer from Gourmand Syndrome exhibit "a preoccupation with food and a preference for fine eating" and may suffer from other, related "impulse control disorders."  

Unfortunately the study didn't answer many of the questions I had. For instance: 

  • Did eating too much artisanal chocolate and pheasant pie cause the lesions, or did the lesions appear prior to the craving for foie gras? 
  • Also, do poor people have the lesions too? And if so,  is there a correlation between crime statistics and local availability of caviar?
  • Does this mean I can go ahead and order that bottle of Chateau d'Yquem?
  • Where do I apply for my disability check?

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