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Can words make me crave certain foods?

Words can sometimes make you crave certain foods, especially if you’re significantly overweight. If you’re obese, you may find descriptions of fattening foods more enticing. A study was conducted in which a group of obese adults and a group of normal-weight adults experienced stress and were then shown words describing high-calorie, low-calorie and non-food items. The participants who were obese had a stronger response to words associated with high-calorie foods, such as chocolate spread and chicken wings. And only those volunteers who were obese ate more when subjected to stress. So if you or someone you love is obese, you may want to cut down on both treats and conversations about treats.

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