A new study from Cornell University, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science, indicates that men tend to eat significantly more when they’re with women. Researchers studied 105 adults as they dined repeatedly over the course of two weeks at an Italian buffet. Each participant’s gender, number of bowls of salad and slices of pizza they ate were recorded along with the gender of their dining companion(s). They were then surveyed on how satisfied they were and how comfortable they felt during their meals.
While in the company of at least one woman, men consumed 86% more salad and 92% more pizza than they did in the company of just men. “These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off,” said Kevin Kniffin, PhD, of Cornell University. “You can also see this tendency in eating competitions, which almost always have mostly male participants.”
On the other hand, women ate the same amount regardless of their companion’s gender but were more likely to report that they “overate” and felt “hurried” when dining with men.
Women are encouraged to eat less on dates to make you seem ladylike and delicate. Thank goodness that’s an out-dated adage. However, research suggests that gendered eating habits still occur. Strange though, isn’t it? I’ve personally never been turned on by a man who over-eats.
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