Dieting Makes People More Irritable

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on Mar 20 2011 9:50 AM

 Dieting Makes People More Irritable
American scientists have found that dieting actually makes people more likely to be irritable and angry. Aggressive behavior is provoked by the effort involved in resisting food cravings and being disciplined about their dietary intake.
When scientists compared the attitudes of the participants who were on a diet with those who ate what they wanted, they found that people on diet were quicker to express irritation. David Gal of Northwestern University and Wendy Liu of the University of California have found that people who were dieting and who picked up an apple instead of a chocolate bar were more likely to prefer anger or revenge-themed movies. Scientists also noted that people on a diet preferred to read more controlling and demanding public policy messages than sad messages that appealed to their emotions.

The study has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research.