Health & Wellness

How External Cues Make Us Overeat

Trying to cut calories? It’s easier to change your environment than it is to change your mind. That’s the takeaway from a career of research by Brian Wansink of Cornell University. Wansink suggests that simple external cues in our environment are to blame for the vast majority of overeating, versus internal cravings.

One small example. When you place a serving dish on the table instead of the counter, guys will eat almost 30 percent more food, while women will help themselves to an additional 10 percent.

Read more about Wansink’s findings to see additional examples of how our environment shapes how much we eat.

What small changes could you make to your environment to curb overeating?


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