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Economic gloom equals binge-eating boom?

Psychology lecturer Steve Loughnan talks about the link between obesity and poverty in research study

What do we have in common with binge-eating bears?

With nearly a tenth of the world’s population being obese, scientists are trying to find out why healthy eating initiatives are not as effective as they should be.

Many studies have linked obesity to poverty and several theories have emerged as to the possible reasons for this.

Steve Loughnan, a social psychologist at the University of Edinburgh, and Boyka Bratanova, Lecturer in Management at the University of St Andrews, look at the link between poverty and increased intake of high-calorie food in a recent study.


Participants made to feel poor ate about 50% more calories than people induced to feel well off.


Can going into a recession really make us eat more? Read the full article to find out more about the link:

The Conversation – Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter

About Steve Loughnan

Steve Loughnan is a Lecturer in Experimental and Social Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include attributing humanity to people (such as objectification and dehumanisation) and animals (humanising).

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