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Stress eaters compensate by eating less in 'good times'

Washington, Nov. 1 : A new research has suggested that when faced with stress, some people seem to lose their appetite while others reach for the nearest sweet, salty, or fatty snack.


Lead researcher Gudrun Sproesser of the University of Konstanz, in Germany, said that both skippers and munchers have their 'soft spot' for food, they just show different compensatory eating patterns in response to positive and negative situations.

Sproesser and colleagues recruited volunteers to participate in a study on "first impressions."

The participants interacted with an unfamiliar partner by video before meeting them in person. After making their own videos, the participants received one of three messages in return: Some heard that their partner had decided not to meet with them after seeing the video, while others heard that their partner liked them and looked forward to meeting them.

A third control group was told that the experiment had to be cancelled for other reasons.

Then, the participants went on to participate in a supposedly unrelated study involving a taste test for three flavors of ice cream. They were allowed to eat as much ice cream as they wanted.

The results showed that, when faced with negative feedback, self-identified munchers ate more ice cream than participants in the control group, while self-identified skippers ate less. Munchers ate, on average, about 120 more calories' worth of ice cream than did the skippers.

But, when faced with positive feedback, munchers actually ate less than the control group, while skippers tended to eat more ‚Euro" the skippers consumed, on average, 74 calories' worth more than the munchers.

The study has been published in journal Psychological Science.

--ANI (Posted on 02-11-2013)

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