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re: Petition to stop Channel 4

Posted by Petition on January 08, 2015 at 20:51:36:

In Reply to: re: Petition to stop Channel 4 posted by Shoppy Hoppy on January 08, 2015 at 18:35:27:

If what you are trying to tell us is "that humans show severe irrational behaviour as a result of starvation" then perhaps you are right. Below is a copy and paste article regarding studies on human starvation experiments.

In 1950, Ancel Keys and his colleagues published the results of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment in a two-volume, 1,385 page text entitled The Biology of Human Starvation (University of Minnesota Press).

Here is a summary of what they found:

Prolonged semi-starvation produced significant increases in depression, hysteria and hypochondriasis (a focus on somatic concerns) as measured by the MMPI (a test of personality)
Most participants experienced periods of severe emotional distress and depression and grew increasingly irritable
Some individuals engaged in self-mutilation (these days we call this self-harm, often seen in people struggling with regulating their emotions) apparently one person cut off three fingers with an axe although it was unsure if this was deliberate or accidental
Many appeared apathetic and lethargic with a diminished sexual interest
Volunteers showed signs of social withdrawal and isolation
Participants reported a decline in concentration, comprehension and judgment capabilities


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