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Food selection changes under stress.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16519909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two studies investigate the effect of stress on food choice. Experiment 1 demonstrates experimentally that stress causes changes in food choice away from healthy low fat foods (grapes) to less healthy high fat foods (M&Ms), confirming previous survey research. Experiment 2, a survey study, finds that more females than males report increasing food consumption when stressed. A much larger percentage of those who report increasing their food consumption when stressed (71%) are restrained eaters (i.e., dieters) than are people who undereat or who do not change the amount they eat when stressed (35%). The foods that they report overeating when stressed are foods they normally avoid for weight-loss or health reasons (i.e., highly caloric high fat snack foods). They report eating these foods to feel better. Both studies show that stress not only increases consumption in certain individuals but also shifts their food choice from lower fat to higher fat foods.
Debra A Zellner; Susan Loaiza; Zuleyma Gonzalez; Jaclyn Pita; Janira Morales; Deanna Pecora; Amanda Wolf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2006-03-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0031-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-06     Completed Date:  2006-07-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  789-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior*
Dietary Fats
Eating / psychology*
Feeding Behavior / psychology*
Food Preferences / psychology*
Reference Values
Sex Factors
Stress, Psychological / psychology*
Taste / physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats

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