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People eat less when they know how much they have eaten
Monday, September 24, 2007 5:58 am Email this article
People eat more chicken wings when the bones have been removed from the table than when they are left there so you can see how many you have eaten -- 7 wings versus 5.5 wings -- according to a study from Brian Wansink from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA. Table bussed vs not bussed: 7 wings vs 5.5 wings
People ate an average of 7 chicken wings when the table was bussed and the bones were removed compared to an average of 5.5 wings when the bones were left on the table.
Subjects: 50 graduate students
The study involved 16 male and 34 female graduate students who, on average, were 24-years-old.
Conclusion: People ate less when they knew how much they had eaten
In distracting eating environments, environmental cues may provide an effective means of reducing consumption,” the paper concluded.
In other words, people ate less when they knew how much they had eaten.
Wansink B, Payne CR. Counting bones: Environmental cues that decrease food intake. Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Feb, 104(1):273-76.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Brian Wansink, PhD
Cornell Food and Brand Lab
Ithaca, NY, USA
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