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Not only are women more inclined to seek out high-fat and sugary foods and more likely to eat more after working out, but according to a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  they may also be more prone to eat for emotional reasons, rather than only out of hunger. “And some emotional eaters, in an effort to feel better, are prone to reach for foods that will ignite the reward center of the brain, which tend to be the sugary, fatty, salty, hyper-palatable foods that can lead to weight gain,” Pamela Peeke, author of the The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, told Van Allen.