Food for fought?
Reaching for the sweets after a spat with your spouse has a basis in science, according to new research conducted by the University of Delaware.
The study looked at how relationship stress can alter eating patterns and found that arguing with your intimate partner can lead to spikes in the release of hunger hormones.
The results also showed a strong link between marital arguments and unhealthy food choices. Couples tended to pick comfort foods that were higher in sugars, fat and salt, which may go a long way to explaining why we find ourselves reaching for the chocolate cake following a fight.
Quite seriously though, the logical implications of the study suggest that ongoing relationship conflict may not only be emotionally or psychologically destructive, but pose physical health hazards as well.
Check out the full study here: Novel Links Between Troubled Marriages and Appetite Regulation