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Overweight individuals more likely to make unhealthier choices when faced with real food
Credit: University of Exeter
Overweight people make unhealthier food choices than lean people when presented with real food, even though both make similar selections when presented with hypothetical choices, according to research led by the University of Cambridge and published recently in the journal eNeuro.
The researchers found that when making hypothetical food choices, lean and overweight people showed highly comparable patterns both in terms of their choices and the accompanying brain activity. The activity in the brain was a good predictor of which foods they would choose when later faced with a selection of real food choices. But the presence of real food influenced choices differently across the groups.
Adapted from University of Cambridge News
Posted on 29/04/2016
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