Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42 (2019)
AbstractWe propose that food-related uncertainty is but one of multiple cues that predicts harsh conditions and may activate “incentive hope.” An evolutionarily adaptive response to these would have been to shift to a behavioral-metabolic phenotype geared toward facing hardship. In modernity, this phenotype may lead to pathologies such as obesity and hoarding. Our perspective suggests a novel therapeutic approach.
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Food Insecurity as a Driver of Obesity in Humans: The Insurance Hypothesis.Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews & Melissa Bateson - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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