February 2, 2013

Has the Recession Made You Fat?

Shankar Vedantam, NPR


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Has the recession made you fat?

To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.

People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.

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TAGGED: Food, Evolutionary Psychology, Recession, Scarcity

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