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Study Ties Trans-fat to Aggression

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Study Ties Trans-fat to Aggression

JustinB | Mar 22, 2012 01:28 AM

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and published in the March 2012 issue of PLoS ONE suggests that eating trans fats can be linked to irritability and aggression. Information for the study was compiled from self reported
questionnaires.

Of the 1,018 people who were given the survey, 945 adult men and women returned it completed. The outcome analyzed by researchers were assessed based on adverse behaviors with impact on others, including overt aggression, life history of aggression, conflict tactics scale, and self rated impatience and irritability.

The results of the study suggested that greater dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) were “strongly significantly associated with greater aggression.” The researchers concluded that the study provided the first evidence that linked trans fat with behavioral irritability and aggression. One of the authors of the study, Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, and associate professor, said that eating trans fats can lead to “adverse behaviors that impacted others, ranging from impatience to over aggression.”

The authors believe the study, which is the first of its kind, and its results could potentially have relevance to public policy regarding trans fats.

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