Medindia
Advertisement

Is Your Weight Bothering You? Marry a Light Eater If You Want to Stay in Shape

by Bidita Debnath on May 13, 2015 at 12:55 AM
Font : A-A+

Is Your Weight Bothering You? Marry a Light Eater If You Want to Stay in Shape

Staying with a person who is a light eater, especially at night, will decide whether you will follow your partner's footsteps and shed some extra kilos faster than ever.

As per a new study, how much food your dining companion eats can have a big influence on how much you consume and eventually lose weight.

Advertisement

This psychological effect, known as social modeling, leads people to eat less than they normally would if alone when their companion consumes a small amount of food. Internal signals like hunger and feeling full can often be unreliable guides.

"In these situations, people can look to the example of others to decide how much food they should consume," explained associate professor Lenny Vartanian from University of New South Wales's school of psychology.
Advertisement

For the study, the team analyzed the results of 38 studies in which the amount of food that people ate in company was measured. The research shows that social factors are a powerful influence on consumption.

"When the companion eats very little, people suppress their food intake and eat less than they normally would if alone," Vartanian added.

If the partner eats a large amount, people have the freedom to eat their normal intake or even more if they want. The effect is observed in many different situations: with healthy and unhealthy snack foods, during meals, when the diner has been deprived of food for up to day and among children.

"It even occurs when the companion is not physically present and diners are simply given a written indication of what that other person ate," the authors wrote.

The effect appears to be stronger in women than men. This may be because women tend to be more concerned about how they are viewed by others when they are eating. Media reports usually focus on how portion size affects how much we eat.

"But this modeling effect deserves as much attention, because of its big impact on people's ability to regulate their intake of food," Vartanian concluded.

The results were published in the journal Social Influence.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
Gonorrhea
World Alzheimer's Day 2021 - 'Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 

Recommended Reading
Where You Live may Help You to Increase or Decrease Body Weight
US researchers used data from the Dallas Heart Survey and found that people who moved to more ......
People Who Live at High Altitudes are Less Likely to Become Overweight or Obese
Move uphill to reduce obesity because the low-oxygen environments will suppress hunger and enable .....
Smoking, Insufficient Exercise, Mom's Weight Gain During Pregnancy can Lead to Obese Kids
Chances of a child becoming obese are lesser when the pregnant mother exercises, keeps a watch on .....
Some 89% of Irish Men Will be Overweight by 2030: World Health Organization
The growing numbers of overweight and obese people around the world are a growing cause of global .....
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use