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  • Can lifelong eating habits be altered?
  • Can lifelong eating habits be altered?
    Timothy Neesam, Creative Commons (2016) ©

Are we all emotional eaters?

In her 2016 book First Bite, food writer Bee Wilson drew on research from food psychologists and neuroscientists to reveal how people’s food habits are shaped. Speaking with Canvas8, she explains the influence of family, memory, gender and love on the things we eat as children and adults.

Location North America / Northern Europe

How and what we eat is about far more than how hungry we are. For some, a tin of cold beans straight from the can is the perfect snack after a long day at work. For others, an avocado and hemp seed smoothie is the ideal way to impress your mates at the gym. And for rather a lot of people, a tub of Ben and Jerry’s is the only way to mend a broken heart – 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. [1]

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