Beat back pain — and stop snacking, too!

Beware a spinal trap: New research from Yale School of Medicine suggests that an achy back may make you overeat, reports In a small study, people with chronic low-back pain enjoyed pudding less than pain-free people did. The study results also suggested that the participants in pain didn’t feel full after snacking on the dessert—meaning that instead of eating a food, savoring it, and moving on, back-pain sufferers might eat extra in order to seek the pleasure they don’t receive from chowing down.It’s still a hypothesis, the researchers stress. But the weird link may occur because brain circuits that process pain overlap with those that register food’s appeal, says study author Paul Geha, M.D. Of course, a sore back doesn’t just spur snacking. It also makes you miserable—and you’ll do anything to find relief.

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