How Does Cocaine Keep You Skinny Anyway?

August 13, 2013 | Kyle Chayka

Cocaine use has long been associated with keeping users/addicts on the thin side (really thin side). Science has often mostly attributed this to cocaine’s appetite-suppressing effects. However, a new study recently published by four neuroscientists at the University of Cambridge suggests otherwise.

The paper goes into detail of the food habits of cocaine-addicted men: They had initially reported eating more calories, fat and carbohydrates than non-cocaine users while their overall body mass stayed very much the same. In short, cocaine use interferes with people’s ability to store the fat they consume.

The study then goes on to list the various other substances — opiates, nicotine, etc — that cocaine users additionally consume, which could complicate these findings.

The researchers aren’t entirely sure of how these organic mechanics work, except the vague statement that cocaine interferes/completely fucks your metabolism in some way. (Image: FakingHell)