Focus on weight issues may prompt some women to consume more calories

01/21/2014 | U.S. News & World Report

A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology showed women who considered themselves overweight consumed about 80 calories more after reading an article about being overweight compared with those who read an article about smoking. However, researchers found calorie intake did not differ in women who did not perceive themselves as overweight. The results suggest that media stories that express negativity toward heavier people may cause anxiety that results in increased food intake.

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