The social dimension of obesity


Why eating with other people makes us fat

Eating with other people is fattening. This has been demonstrated by umpteen scientists who have our collective waistlines at heart. Take the “fat suit study” (as it is informally known), just published in the latest issue of the journal Appetite. A team of psychologists, led by Mitsuru Shimizu at Southern Illinois University, found that people ate 31.6% more pasta and 43.5% less salad when in the company of an overweight person, irrespective of how healthy the overweight person’s food servings were. The experiment was following up on a hypothesis, explains Shimizu, that “the goal to eat healthily is deactivated by eating with someone who is overweight”. “ ….[READ]


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