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Eating so-called comfort foods with large amounts of fat and sugar has been shown to vastly improve people's moods. A report in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science suggests that drawing pictures of unhealthy food can also have positive effects on mood.
From September to November 2012, researchers recruited 61 students from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York. The subjects included 22 men and 39 women in their early 20s. Most were slightly overweight based on measurements of body-mass index, or BMI. Daily sugar and fat consumption was calculated.
The subjects were randomly assigned to one of four groups. One group drew high-fat, high-sugar cupcakes. Another drew pictures of a high-fat, low-sugar food, pizza. A third drew low-fat, high-sugar strawberries, while a fourth drew low-fat, low-sugar peppers. Each participant was instructed to use red, green and black pencils. Using a research tool that assesses mood changes, subjects rated their hunger, mood and level of interest and excitement before and after the five-minute drawing exercise, which was done on an empty stomach.
Drawing pizzas improved the subjects' mood by 28%, while sketching cupcakes and strawberries boosted spirits by 27% and 22%, respectively. Mood in the pepper group improved by only 1%. There were no significant differences in hunger or excitement levels between the groups.
As all subjects used the same colors in their drawings, the mood changes were likely due to the food depictions, researchers said. Mood changes were unrelated to BMI, or sugar and fat intake. This suggests creating images of high-fat and sweet-tasting foods could be an effective way to enhance mood in individuals with varying BMIs and dietary histories, they said.
Caveat: The long-term effects on mood of drawing food aren't known.

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altera_terra
Jul. 11th, 2013 06:05 am (UTC)
Хорошо, когда есть альтернатива! Можно не есть, а рисовать вкусняшки, а эффект такой же))) ну за исключением плюс 2 см на бедрах))) так и в минус можно пойти даже)
mylifedesign
Jul. 11th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
хахаха! получается даже не рисовать, а просто смотреть можно и получать эстетическое удовольствие!
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