Isolation can feel like hunger to the human brain

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(WEHT) — If you’re worried your waistline is looking a little bit bigger since you’ve started social distancing, there might be some science behind it.

According to a preliminary report by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, isolation can feel like hunger to the human brain, driving us to snack more. It’s reportedly the first study in humans that shows how loneliness and hunger signal the same areas of the brain.

In three years of study, researchers say they found the human body’s need to connect is as fundamental as a human’s need to eat.

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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2020)

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