Eating Badly

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Did you know that we are more likely to over-eat in a social situation than if you ate on your own?

Regardless of how hungry we are, social cues dictate our food intake — which is usually too much.

Even in groups as small as two people, we eat as much as 30 to 50 percent more than when eating alone.

In a Dutch study, researchers invited 70 pairs of women to dine together in a lab set up to look like a restaurant.

The women, they found, tended to take bites of food at roughly the same time and mimic each other’s overall eating behavior.
Researchers say the findings help explain previous studies showing that people tend to adjust their food intake — up or down — to match that of their eating companions, and tend to eat more with others than when dining alone.

Related read : Eating Lonely : Food and Social Isolation

Abstracts are from the following articles:
Are your friends making you fat?
Overeating in social situations

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