Many of us eat junk food, especially things like ice cream, cake and pizza, despite knowing we shouldn’t. Psychologists say the reason for this is to do with associations, habits and evolution. Photo: Shutterstock
Many of us eat junk food, especially things like ice cream, cake and pizza, despite knowing we shouldn’t. Psychologists say the reason for this is to do with associations, habits and evolution. Photo: Shutterstock
Wellness

Pizza. Cake. Ice cream. Why do we eat foods we know are unhealthy? Evolution plays a part, psychologists say, but mindfulness can help us eat better

  • Many of us eat junk food despite knowing it’s bad for us. Psychologists say reasons for this include habit, deep-rooted associations and primal urges for fat
  • Pausing, thinking and replacing ‘shoulds’ with ‘coulds’ when deciding what to eat can eliminate guilt and encourage responsible and often healthier food choices

Many of us eat junk food, especially things like ice cream, cake and pizza, despite knowing we shouldn’t. Psychologists say the reason for this is to do with associations, habits and evolution. Photo: Shutterstock
Many of us eat junk food, especially things like ice cream, cake and pizza, despite knowing we shouldn’t. Psychologists say the reason for this is to do with associations, habits and evolution. Photo: Shutterstock
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