Researchers at University of Miami have revealed that people consume more calories during periods of depression or crisis, such as the current economic recession, as they tend to select high calorie food items that can satisfy them for longer periods.
The researchers conducted a number of experimental scenarios with the participants, including recession-like scenarios, and found that people consumed 70 percent more of high calorie food items and 25 percent less of food items that they thought had low calories.
"The findings of this study come at a time when our country is slowly recovering from the onslaught of negative presidential campaign ads chalked with topics such as the weak economy, gun violence, war, deep political divides, just to name a few problem areas.", lead researcher Professor Juliano Laran said.
The study has been published in the journal Psychological Science.