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Feeling angry? Blame the diet

A study has revealed that people who diet are more likely to be irritable and angry than those who eat what they like.

entertainment Updated: Mar 23, 2011 01:27 IST

People who diet are more likely to be irritable and angry than those who eat what they like. The effort involved in exerting self-control over food can lead to aggressive behaviour towards other people, a study has found. Those on diets are more likely to prefer anger-themed movies, the express.co.uk reported citing the study: The Grapes Of Wrath: The Angry Effects Of Exerting Self-Control. Such people were also interested in looking at angry facial expressions, and expressed more irritation at a message that used controlling language to convince them to change their exercise habits, according to the study.

David Gal of Northwestern University and Wendy Liu of the University of California, said: “We set out to examine if exerting self-control can lead to angry behaviours and preferences subsequently, even in situations where such behaviours are quite subtle.” Researchers found that people who chose an apple instead of a chocolate bar were more likely to choose movies with anger and revenge themes.

Dietician Dr Simran Saini says it’s true that those who go on killing their cravings can become irritable. “Food is a means of comfort for the brain and when this comfort is snatched, it’s natural for a person to beome irritable. That’s why we recommend having what you crave at least once in a week,” says Saini.

(with inputs from HTC)