Bad news, economic data may lead to high-calorie food choices, eating more, study suggests

National Post:

If you find yourself going to the fridge for an extra helping these days, you may want to consider switching the channel from watching the news, or at least hitting the mute button during certain stories.

A new study by the University of Miami says we tend to eat more when we hear about bad things happening in the world, whether it’s economic, political or other harsh news being relayed.

When seemingly apocalyptic forecasts about the financial climate appear in the news, people reach for high calorie foods to help keep them satisfied for longer, the study notes. It’s our survival instinct that make us reach for more food in the hope that, if things go badly, we’ll have something to live off of if times get really tough.

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