A recent study has revealed that financial insecurity could explain why certain countries have higher levels of obesity than others, reports BBC News.
The study in question aimed to discover the reason why American's and Britain's are heavier than Norwegians and Swedes and began by comparing obesity levels in 11 affluent countries between 1994 and 2004.
What the researchers found was, that countries with ''free market'' economies are more likely to become obese.
The study took into account various animal behaviour research, which showed that when faced with times of stress and uncertainty they would tend to increase their food consumption.
Researchers from Oxford University believe that social causes such as a money stresses during a recession, could trigger similar behaviour in humans causing them to overeat.
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