Diabetes Forecast

Where You Eat Affects How Much You Eat

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


Where you eat makes a difference in how much you eat. According to a study, people eat more in spaces with open floor plans. Researchers offered 57 college students buffet-style meals in a laboratory where folding screens were used to create different arrangements of the kitchen and dining areas. When the kitchen area was open and visible from the dining area, the students served themselves an average of 170 calories more than they did when the kitchen and dining areas were separated. You can use this information at home by serving dinner from the kitchen, rather than at the dining room table. At work and in restaurants, try sitting where you can’t see the kitchen. (For more tips like this, read "Why We Overeat".)
Source: Environment and Behavior, published online Sept. 8, 2016



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