Study says bad economic news affects food choices

08/25/2011 | MSNBC

A University of Miami researcher says bad economic news that leads people to think resources are scarce can trigger a survival instinct and cause them to choose high-calorie foods over more healthy choices. The study suggested this effect could mean that people will look at calorie counts on restaurant menus and choose less healthy items, but a health expert said that data show calorie counts have little effect on people one way or another.

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