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A new study finds that horror movies help to burn calories – Happy Halloween!

Horror movies certainly increase the heart rate. Scientists at the University of Westminster monitored this, plus oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output, discovering that a higher number of calories were burnt during films.

“As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the basal metabolic rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.”

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