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Who Sets the Pace When You Eat With Others?

You tend to mimic your table companions. They eat fast, you eat fast.  They eat a lot, you eat a lot.  Ever wonder why you look at some families or couples and they’re both either heavy or slender?  As Brian Wansink, PhD says in his book, Mindless Eating, “birds of a feather eat together.” How […]

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Did You Eat Too Much? Blame The Other People At The Table!

Will you be going out to eat this weekend?  Who are you going with – just your partner, your family, or a bunch of fun loving friends?  It can make a big difference in how much you eat – no kidding! It might be hard to believe, but if you have reservations for eight you […]

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A Lot Of People At The Dinner Table: You Might Eat 96% More

Planning on eating with seven friends? You might eat 96% more! No joke. We tend to eat more and for a longer period of time when we’re with other people compared to when we eat alone. Why?  Perhaps it’s because we mindlessly nibble while someone else talks. Or maybe it stems from the good manners learned […]

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Other People May Make You Eat More

Reservations for eight? You might eat 96% more! No kidding. We tend to continue eating for a longer period of time when we’re with people compared to when we eat alone. Maybe it’s because we mindlessly nibble while someone else talks, or the good manners we learned in fifth grade, or because we’re just having fun and enjoying great food. We do tend to stay at the table longer when we’re with others and the longer you stay at the table, the more you eat.

Losing Track

Here’s the other thing: friends and family also influence what we eat. Sometimes you can get so involved in conversation that all the monitoring of what pops into your mouth goes out the window. Have you ever looked down at your plate and wondered where all the cookies went or how you managed to work your way through the mile high dish of pasta or the four pieces of pizza? How many tastes did you take of everyone else’s meal and dessert? Those tastes aren’t like invisible ink. Those calories count, too.

Who Sets the Pace?

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