Counting Bones: Environmental Cues of Consumed Food Decreases Food Intake
Perceptual and Motor Skills, 104 (March), 273-7
8 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2016
Date Written: September 20, 2006
A field experiment tested the hypothesis that evidence of the amount one has eaten may lead people to eat less. Male (n=16) and female (n=34) graduate students (mean age=24.1) at a party were seated at 21 tables that were randomly assigned to be bussed (leftover wings removed and new wings served) or unbussed (wings left on table). Overall, students at the bussed tables ate more than those at the unbussed tables (7 wings versus 5.5 wings). This effect was stronger for men than women. Interestingly, when their table was bussed, students estimated that they ate less than they actually did. In distracting eating environments, environmental cues may provide an effective means of reducing consumption.
Keywords: food consumption, environmental cues, food selection, intake estimation, chicken wings
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