Maybe it's the bad news that's making us fat.
At least that's what Outliers is surmising after reading about a new study, which determined that messages of hardship and struggle triggered people to seek higher-calorie foods. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, looked at how a harsh environment affects what people put on their plates.
“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,” said Juliano Laran, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, in a news release. “Now that we know this sort of messaging causes people to seek out more calories out of a survival instinct, it would be wise for those looking to kick off a healthier new year to tune out news for a while.”