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Candlelight, Tablecloths Can Help Cut Food Intake

Eating in a certain environment can help reduce food intake while eating.Here’s some interesting research on how our surroundings can influence the amount we eat. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology transformed a room at a fast food restaurant in Champaign, Ill., outfitting it with white tablecloths, candles, low lighting and soundproofing to shield diners from the blaring music in the adjacent room. The goal was to entirely alter a typical fast food setting. However, they didn’t change the menu. Customers were randomly assigned to one room or the other. The researchers reported that those seated in the “fine dining” room spent an average of 4.7 percent more time eating than those in the regular restaurant setting and also ate less of the food they ordered, 86 percent compared to 95 percent in the adjacent room with the bright lights and loud music. Those in the fine dining room consumed an average of 775.3 calories compared to an average of 949.2 calories for the patrons next door. They also rated the food more highly on questionnaires. The study was published in the August, 2012, issue of Psychological Reports.

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Reader Comments (3)

Hello Dr Weil, What information can you share regarding Morgellons.

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Dear Dr Weil -
Thanks once again for your informative information. I think we all need to take our time to eat and be grateful for our food. Appreciation might help in food consumption.
Michael c craven

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael C Craven

Good informative post! Thanks!

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhealthy living

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