Is Your Dining Companion Making You Overeat?

is-your-dining-companion-influencingThe Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog discusses a new study by Duke University, the University of British Columbia, and Arizona State University that suggests the size of your dining companion can influence how much you order.

Contrary to what you might think, researchers have found that you’re more susceptible to overeating if your partner is petite in size but with eyes far bigger than her belly. Conversely, folks who ate with overweight partners actually ordered more modestly than their less-svelte companions. The research also revealed that we all order similarly to those we’re dining with, regardless of body type.

Are you guilty of this? If your size-0 girlfriend orders a big plate of pasta, are you likely to follow suit? Or, if your chubby hubby chooses a juicy steak and sumptuous sides, do you get a salad?


  1. says

    Happy to know it’s not just me! I recently experienced while out with a few girlfriends. The smallest of the group ordered a burger and fries. Of course this gave me “permission” to deviate from my salad and order nachos. Perhaps if I “super-sized” my company I could fit back into my skinny jeans….

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