Men Eat More Food When Dining with Women
Here's something to chew on: Men tend to eat a lot more food when they're dining with a woman than when they're having a meal with another man.
That's the finding of researchers at Cornell University. who for two weeks recorded the eating habits of 105 adults at an all-you-can-eat buffet. They documented the number of pizza slices and bowls of salad that were consumed during each sitting. After leaving the restaurant, participants were questioned about their level of fullness, how comfortable they felt while eating, and how rushed they felt.
The results, published in Evolutionary Psychological Science, found that men who were dining with at least one female ate 93 percent more pizza and 86 percent more salad compared to men dining with other men. The amount women ate did not change from eating with another woman or a man. The women, however, reported feeling like they ate too much and felt rushed to finish their meal regardless of the gender of their dining partner.
The researchers speculated that men tend to overeat when they're with a woman in an attempt to impress her. They said their research highlights the importance of understanding how emotions can play a role in how much people eat.