The effect of stress on men's food selection

Debra Zellner, Shin Saito, Johanie Gonzalez

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Abstract

This study investigates the effect of stress on food choice among men. Two groups of men were given either solvable (no-stress) or unsolvable (stress) anagrams to solve. Four bowls of snack foods-two healthy (peanuts and grapes) and two unhealthy (potato chips and M&M chocolate candies)-were available and subjects were invited to snack on them. Men in the no-stress group ate significantly more of the unhealthy foods than did men in the stress group. This finding is quite different from that found with women [Zellner et al. (2006). Food selection changes under stress. Physiology & Behavior, 87, 789-793]. Women tended to eat more grapes when not stressed than when stressed and more M&Ms when stressed than when not stressed. Thus, the effect of stress level on food choice is different for men and women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-699
Number of pages4
JournalAppetite
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Food choice
  • Stress

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