Diabetes Forecast

Cluttered Kitchens May Lead to Overeating

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

Terry Doran/Mittera

A cluttered kitchen may lead to overeating. In a study, 98 female college students entered one of two kitchen situations: organized and quiet or messy with papers stacked on the table, dishes in the sink, and a ringing phone. They were offered cookies, crackers, and carrots to taste and rate. Participants in the chaotic kitchen consumed more cookies—103 calories’ worth—compared with those in the neat kitchen, who ate an average of 38 calories. If you’re looking to lose weight, perhaps it’s time to tidy up?
Source: Environment and Behavior, published online Feb. 3, 2016



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