Peers’ Healthy Eating May Rub Off on You
Other people’s food choices may affect what we eat. Researchers who analyzed data from 15 studies found that when participants learned about others’ snacks, they made similar choices in terms of quantity and type of food. For instance, if participants thought their peers ate a lot of cookies, they ate a similar amount. Or if people were told others had chosen a low-calorie food over a higher-calorie one, they too opted for the healthy snack. Why we’re so influenced by other people’s choices isn’t clear, but the researchers say it may, in part, be a way for us to identify with a group of people, such as our family, friends, or community.
Source: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online Jan. 2, 2014