Women with full stomach are `hungry’ for romance

Women with full stomach are `hungry' for romance

The way to a woman’s heart may be through her stomach, according to a new study which found that women’s brains respond more to romantic cues on a full stomach than an empty one.
Researchers at Drexel University in the US explored brain circuitry in hungry versus satiated states among women who were past-dieters and those who had never dieted. “We found that young women both with and without a history of dieting had greater brain activation in response to romantic pictures in rewardrelated neural regions after having eaten than when hungry,” said the study’s first author Alice Ely .
The results are contrary to several previous studies, which showed that people typically demonstrate greater sensitivity to rewarding stimuli when hungry. Such stimuli may include things like food, money and drugs. The latest finding, based on a small pilot study, grew from Ely and her Drexel colleagues’ earlier work investigating how the brain changes in response to food cues. (AGENCIES)