After All, We're Just Hairless Monkeys
When tempted with banana-flavored pellets (the primate equivalent of our reuben or Ben & Jerry's), monkeys at an Atlanta primate research center developed an appetite for the fatty foods. As with humans, the fat blocked stress responses, but monkeys did not harbor guilt after the snackfest like we do. They didn't picture Kate Moss or skinnier monkeys after bingeing on the fatty snacks. Monkeys actually do feel comforted by comfort foods—not comforted then paralyzed by self-hate.