Boredom leads to more snacking
Comfort eaters have been served up hope with new research suggesting they would just as happily reach for healthy food - if it was a little more exciting.
In a study of eating habits and emotions, academics found people who are bored are more prone to snacking.
But given a choice of nibbles, the fed up were just as likely to plump for a cherry tomato as they were an unhealthy sweet.
The University of Limerick study of more than 140 people, said it shows humans graze between meals to escape boredom. "The unhealthy consequences of eating can be avoided if healthy, exciting food is available to people who feel bored," it said.