“When we copy each other’s eating habits, we form positive subconscious bonds with our eating partners”
Ms cartwright says that we decide everyday some 200 times what we will eat and with whom we will eat. There lies a big part of the problem. If two people eat together, they will eat about 35% more than if they ate alone. If more than seven friends share a meal, they will eat 96% more than if they had eaten alone. That’s a lot of chips and dip. People model what others are eating and that may be the key to the solution. The answer is not to eat alone, but make a conscious effort to model healthy behaviors. Others may follow.
Resource: How Friends Influence Weight Martina M. Cartwright, PhD, RD
IDEA Fitness Journal February 2012