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Using food insecurity in health prevention to promote consumer's embodied self-regulation

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Integrative explanations of why obesity is more prevalent in some sectors of the human population than others are lacking. Here, we outline and evaluate one candidate explanation, the insurance hypothesis (IH). The IH is rooted in adaptive evolutionary thinking: The function of storing fat is to provide a buffer against shortfall in the food supply. Thus, individuals should store more fat when they receive cues that access to food is uncertain. Applied to humans, this implies that an impor...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S0140525X16001515

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Department:
Somerville College
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Behavioral and Brain Sciences Journal website
Volume:
40
Pages:
Article: e126
Publication date:
2017-05-11
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EISSN:
1469-1825
ISSN:
0140-525X
Pubs id:
pubs:697568
URN:
uri:25a6b09f-8589-4e34-b30f-e8a68a5d4f8d
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uuid:25a6b09f-8589-4e34-b30f-e8a68a5d4f8d
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pubs:697568

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