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Hunger when its cold

I've been wondering why it is that my appetite increases when it's cold outside. I understand the physiology of why we pee more when it's cold. But does anyone know whether eating when it's cold is a physiological response, a psychological one, or something that we're socialized into doing?

Thu. Jan 11, 1:41pm

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as i understand it, when our bodies digest it slightly raises our body temperature. maybe this has something to do with it?

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 1:53 PM

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all right, i have NO IDEA, but i have to say "i thought i was the only one"! i live in boston and last week it was unseasonably warm, and each day the temp dropped a little and i got progressively hungrier... do we need more calories to keep our bodies warm?

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 2:28 PM

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I always think of it as storing up all this food for hibernation! It is a normal response. I always try to drink warm tea to keep my mind off of it.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 2:36 PM

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I ALWAYS eat more if I'm very cold. One's body needs fuel to keep it warm and our fuel is food. So I try and stay warm regardless of the temperature by dressing warmly, drinking hot beverages (tea, herbal tea, low cal soups), and avoiding cold beverages.

A question for the OP: what is the physiology of peeing more when it's cold? TIA.

Thursday, January 11, 2007, 3:33 PM

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here is a link to an interesting article on the subject, although the article is over 6 years old.


Thursday, January 11, 2007, 3:45 PM

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