In stress situations, we often resort to junk food for comfort, and this can lead to weight gain.
This revelation is not startling, but now Australian scientists have tracked down the stress-activated molecule in our brains, causing us to eat more stressed out with stress-free mice using the same diet, 9News said.
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research discovered a molecule that naturally produces the brain in response to stress in order to stimulate food for humans and mice.
And a high-calorie diet was more and more promoting the food, "said Professor Herbert Herzog of the Garvan Institute.
" This has really encouraged the idea that, although it's bad to eat junk food, eating high-calorie foods a double is whammy, which drives obesity under stress, "he said.
The findings were published in the journal Cell Metabolism.