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Does the Smell of Food Make You Hungry?

Living 2010/11/17 21:23:29
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We love going to mom's house and smelling her tomato sauce simmering on the stove. But apparently, if your sense of smell is too sharp, it might mean you have a few pounds to lose.

Researchers have discovered that the heavier someone is, the more sensitive they are to the smell of food, the Telegraph reports. This might make food more appetizing to heavy people and encourage them to eat more.

Dr. Lorenzo Stafford, of the University of Portsmouth's Department of Psychology, found that compared to those with a low body mass index, people with a higher BMI had a greater sensitivity to the smell of food. Surprisingly, people are more sensitive to the smell of food after they've eaten than before.

But this study smells a little fishy to us. We've always been slim to normal weight, and the smell of something delicious certainly makes us want to eat. But perhaps we can resist the temptation better than an obese person can?


Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/81344...

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  • AndyBoy 2012/07/25 14:30:24
    Yes
    AndyBoy
    The smell of GOOD food...not greasy or burnt.
  • postmamy 2010/11/19 11:27:49 (edited)
    Yes
    postmamy
    yes it does.

    salad
  • InTheCity 2010/11/19 10:14:17 (edited)
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2010/11/19 09:40:56 (edited)
    Yes
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    Yum, the smell of food makes me hungry! Its actually biological too as when one smells food it triggers signals in the brain and the rest is history.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2010/11/19 07:32:59
    Yes
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    With food most of your sensors work together to perfect a meal.
  • leth 2010/11/19 06:54:06
    Undecided
    leth
    depends..if i'm angry or not...
  • Lily Blooms Eternal 2010/11/19 06:15:37
    Yes
    Lily Blooms Eternal
    Yes, food smells can trigger hunger you didn't stop to notice before you smelled them...but conversely, being exposed to the smell of food cooking for a period of time, say, while laboring over Thanksgiving dinner in the kitchen for a few hours, eventually satisfies some of the hunger signals in your brain, so that, when you sit down to eat the dinner it takes a lot less to satisfy you then you might have thought.
  • MattAttack 2010/11/19 05:34:18
    Yes
    MattAttack
    makes me hungry, and i'm super fit
  • Jake 2010/11/19 05:17:12
    Undecided
    Jake
    Depends on the food and the cook...
  • ɟʇʇoɔs 2010/11/19 03:21:18
    Yes
    ɟʇʇoɔs
    All the time
  • LAAD Gunner - USMC 2010/11/19 02:41:35
    Yes
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    you're full of crap if you say food doesn't make you hungry, when you smell some good home cooked food...or walk by a restaurant...and you smell that food, you are gonna think mmm, that smells delicious! Gosh I'd love some of that (whatever that is) it drives me crazy when I smell something good and can't have it!! Again if you say smelling good food doesn't make you hungry...you are full of it
  • Lily Bl... LAAD Gu... 2010/11/19 06:18:03
    Lily Blooms Eternal
    Know what I really hate? When somebody brings food home and it's hot, or they warm it up in the microwave, or if they cook something and you smell it cooking, then you find out there isn't enough for you to have any too. I think that's grounds for justifiable assault. LOL.
  • LAAD Gu... Lily Bl... 2010/11/19 06:44:58
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    lmao definitely
  • glass_butterfly ~YSU~ 2010/11/19 02:27:17
    Undecided
    glass_butterfly ~YSU~
    Depends on if I'm already hungry. It drives me CRAZY if I smell food and I can't eat it! following the smell depends hungry drives crazy smell food eat
  • TheBandit 2010/11/19 02:19:43
    Yes
    TheBandit
    ya, if i haven't eaten in a while.
  • Maximus 2010/11/19 02:09:20
    Yes
    Maximus
    Yes, Sometimes. The smell of some foods also makes my head hurt.
  • skippy 2010/11/19 01:40:49
    Yes
    skippy
    it depends what it is. and it is called your appetite when you want food like when you smell it. i learned it in my health class
  • cirquedusolame 2010/11/19 01:33:57
    Yes
    cirquedusolame
    Looking at food makes me hungry, too. It's not that I don't want to eat, it's just that now that I've seen or smelled this plate of awesome food, I can't settle for anything less than that plate of awesome food, and usually all I have at home are microwavable chicken pot pies and bread.
  • bob h. 2010/11/19 00:10:53
    No
    bob h.
    It was 50 years ago, but the lingering memory of tons of food being cooked while I had KP just takes away the charm.
  • comptech - Quit whining please 2010/11/19 00:00:23
    Yes
    comptech - Quit whining please
    I love to cook and I usually cook with a rumbling stomach. The smells always make me hungry...
  • alyssalikescereal 2010/11/18 23:59:54
    Yes
    alyssalikescereal
    This always does.
    velveeta shells mac and cheese
  • EastIndianFemme 2010/11/18 23:53:46
    Yes
    EastIndianFemme
    Yes, but it depends what the smell is too and it'll make me hungry. But if it smells bad or has a strange odor, then no!!

    smell of fooddepends smell hungry smells strange odor
  • Ash-the-empress 2010/11/18 22:53:53
    No
    Ash-the-empress
    Usually it just makes me sick
  • mrosen814 2010/11/18 22:33:17
    Yes
    mrosen814
  • Dixienc 2010/11/18 22:32:28
    Yes
    Dixienc
    LMAO!! This is to funny. I've never had ANY study tell me that I might have a few pounds to lose. And now this...lol lol lol lol
  • Mikeyandmadgelover 2010/11/18 20:07:01
    Undecided
    Mikeyandmadgelover
    Not really.

    Maybe this: Meatloat
  • Dickens 2010/11/18 18:54:21
    Undecided
    Dickens
    It depends on the food...Duh! A great prime rib, BBQ'd burgers, you bet! But roasted grasshoppers or tripe or sheep's brains, definitely not!
  • Steve☮END THE FED☮ 2010/11/18 18:19:47
    Yes
    Steve☮END THE FED☮
    If it smells REALLY good, yes. But it doesn't mean you have to eat.
  • Y-♥ 2010/11/18 17:38:59
    Undecided
    Y-♥
    What is the food? Did i just eat? Am i just being greedy? Well, most of the time the smell of food makes me hungry, but not all the time....
  • wombat 2010/11/18 17:24:11
    Undecided
    wombat
    In most cases I actually think of throwing up..... especially near FFRs
  • Surgeon ~The Egalitarianist~ 2010/11/18 16:49:09
  • Lady-DeathBright 2010/11/18 16:42:47
    Undecided
    Lady-DeathBright
    I have to be a little hungry to begin with and then it has to smell good.
  • Little Miss Ncis 2010/11/18 16:37:30
    Undecided
    Little Miss Ncis
    it depends what food it is! subway always smells really nice! subwaydepends food subway smells
  • Kei 2010/11/18 16:17:48
    No
    Kei
    very very very rarely. It will if I havent eaten all day. I am not fat or Obese. Eating does not hurt really, but if you dont move off the couch or recliner all day, then yeah.
    Eat Less Move More. Something Americans cant understand.
  • elijah 2010/11/18 15:47:07
    Yes
    elijah
    OF COURSE.
  • george 2010/11/18 15:16:54
    Yes
    george
    +3
    Sight will do it too!
    Sorry all you veggie folk out there.

    big juicy steaksight veggie folk
  • Treedy george 2010/11/18 15:19:19
    Treedy
    I'm with George!! :-)
  • Catnip "Guru" ∞ 2010/11/18 14:37:04
    Yes
    Catnip "Guru" ∞
    It's Pavlov's Dog all over again.
  • Yoru Azenia 2010/11/18 14:07:48
    Yes
    Yoru Azenia
    very much so lol
  • mysticmatriarch 2010/11/18 13:34:32
    Yes
    mysticmatriarch
    If I have just eaten, no.

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