How a better understanding of the seven ages of appetite could help us stay healthy

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Abstract

Do you eat to live or live to eat? We have a complicated relationship with food, influenced by cost, availability, even peer pressure. But something we all share is appetite – our desire to eat. Increased appetite might have a physical or psychological dimension, but while hunger – our body’s way of making us desire food when it needs feeding – is a part of appetite, it is not the only factor. After all, we often eat when we’re not hungry, or may skip a meal despite pangs of hunger. Recent research has highlighted that the abundance of food cues – smells, sounds, advertising – in our environment is one of the main causes of overconsumption.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2018

Keywords

  • Food
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Childhood obesity
  • Eating habits
  • Workplace stress
  • Malnutrition
  • Overconsumption
  • Overeating
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Food and drink

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