Eating Behaviors Predict the Number of Trips: An Observational Study at Chinese Buffets
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, (April 2013), 44:4, e49-e50
7 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2016
Date Written: September 22, 2012
Previous research found that six behaviors (e.g., using larger plates) were associated with higher BMI at all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets. To examine if those behaviors were associated with the number of trips a patron made to the buffet, 303 patrons at 22 buffets were observed. Patrons who served immediately and who used larger plates made more trips than those who scouted their options and who used smaller plates. Importantly, these findings were statistically independent from the estimated BMI.
Keywords: Food consumption, food selection, buffets, consumer behavior, BMI, portion size
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