Exploring comfort food preferences across age and gender

  title={Exploring comfort food preferences across age and gender},
  author={Brian Wansink and Matthew M. Cheney and Nina Y. Chan},
  journal={Physiology \& Behavior},

The myth of comfort food.

Although people believe that comfort foods provide them with mood benefits, comfort foods do not provide comfort beyond that of other foods (or no food), and these results are likely not due to a floor effect.

Affect asymmetry and comfort food consumption

Gender differences in taste and foods habits

There is strong evidence of profound gender-specific differences between men and women in terms of dietary habits, the taste of food and in the relationship with meals, which suggest a need for the creation of gender- specific programs for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Mood Self Verification Explains the Selection and Intake Frequency of Comfort Foods

Does a person’s mood relate to the types of food eaten? This work suggests that the food people eat for “comfort” may have unknowingly been selected to verify their mood. Positive moods were robustly

Effects of Stress on Eating Practices Among Adults

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between comfort food preferences of adults when under normal (nonstressful) and stressful conditions. A total of 185 university faculty

Perceived health value of ready meals and side dishes: regional and gender differences

Looking at gender differences in consumption frequency, perception of health value and enjoyment associated with two categories of convenience foods among university students in French and English Canada, the United States and France, it is found that men attribute a less negative health value to snacks and ready meals and side dishes than women do, and derive more enjoyment than women from ready mealsand side dishes.

Effects of Mood on the Food Preference of Female University Students

The purpose of this study was to investigate the food preference and attitude according to six emotions in female university students. Also, it was studied whether the desire to food consumption was



Dietary monotony and food cravings in young and elderly adults

Effects of age on sensory-specific satiety.

Sensory-specific satiety was pronounced in the adolescents and diminished in the elderly people and no differences in food intake were found between the 300-g and the ad libitum experiments or among the age groups.

Effects of anxiety on eating: does palatability moderate distress-induced overeating in dieters?

Results support the functional explanations: Distressed dieters increased their intake of food regardless of taste properties and theoretical and practical implications for both restrained eating and the behavior of eating disorder patients are discussed.

Distress and eating: why do dieters overeat?

The results suggest that distress-induced overeating in restrained eaters may serve psychological functions for the individual, allowing for distraction from the distress or masking of the source of dysphoria.

Establishment and Modification of Food and Taste Preferences: Effects of Experience

Summary Restricting an animal's diet early in life to a single food or flavor serves to enhance the preference value of that substance later in life. A primacy effect is most clearly found in

Eating habits : food, physiology and learned behaviour

This book covers three different approaches which psychologists have taken to the way in which people acquire food preferences and eating habits: the study of individuals with eating habits that are abnormal to the extent of clinical concern, for example, bulimia, anorexia nervosa and obesity.

Perceived Effects of Stress on Food Choice

Pleasantness of a Sweet Taste during Hunger and Satiety: Effects of Gender and "Sweet Tooth"

Both gender and the degree of individual "sweet tooth" influence alliesthesia, and subjects who reported having a " sweet tooth" showed a significant alliesthesis effect (i.e., enhancement of pleasantness of sweet tastes by hunger), whereas those with "no sweet tooth) did not.

Cream and sugar: Human preferences for high-fat foods