The extra food we consume while unhappy in 'comfort eating' is balanced out by a reduced intake of food when we are happy, a new study has found.
Researchers also found that those of us that cut the amount of food they eat while sad eat substantially more when happy to maintain a balance. Scientists involved with the study classed people as either 'munchers', who comfort eat, or 'skippers', who do not.
Gudrun Sproesser, a psychologist at the University of Konstanz in Germany, said, "Both skippers and munchers have their 'soft spot' for food, they just show different compensatory eating patterns in response to positive and negative situations." Dr Sproessers team asked volunteers if they were comfort eaters and then gave them a stress test in which they made a video of themselves, supposedly to be judged by strangers. One group of volunteers was told their video had been rejected, to induce stress, while the other was told their footage had been accepted, making them happy.
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