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Fast food and your mood

When Vinnie Richichi started watching the Pittsburgh Steelers' home opener against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, he was feeling great. After all, the Steelers had won their first home game six years in a row. Then things indeed went south.

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In this article it was mentioned that when people feel down, they go straight for fast food. Particularly in this article, it was mentioned how a guy regularly watches a football game, and then one day the team he has been rooting for lost. He... more »In this article it was mentioned that when people feel down, they go straight for fast food. Particularly in this article, it was mentioned how a guy regularly watches a football game, and then one day the team he has been rooting for lost. He said every time the game started to go bad, he would just go to his fridge and look for food. I think in a way this relates to the movie we watched in class on Wednesday. In the movie there was a couple with two children who worked all day and didn't have time to cook so they just settled with fast food. Of course money is a big factor, but I also think emotions is another one too. In the article it said the guy kept going for food because of fear of the team he was rooting for losing, but he didn't want to go make a salad or have a yogurt. I think this is similar to the situation in the movie because the parents are stressed out from working all day and worrying about money. They are probably more compelled to buy something cheap and convenient, not just because of money, but also because of their emotions. 10-10-2013 8:20pm

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There are reasons for this emotional type of eating and it has everything to do with our brain chemicals.  When we are feeling down or upset we seek out "comfort foods" because they can cause a spike in the "feel good" neurotransmitters... more »There are reasons for this emotional type of eating and it has everything to do with our brain chemicals.  When we are feeling down or upset we seek out "comfort foods" because they can cause a spike in the "feel good" neurotransmitters in the brain temporarily making us feel better, because, how someone "feels" is all about brain chemistry.  | Here is more information: | http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/14/fat-cravings_n_960463.html 10-11-2013 6:06am

    Added to this shelf by: Grace Kang, on 10-10-2013 7:19pm

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