Do you eat more when you are dining in large group? I don’t. In fact I feel awkward when I have to dine in large group or communal gathering even though I already know everybody else there.

Somehow I don’t feel like eating much food when I am in social gathering or some sort. However that's not the case with majority of children according to this research. Children who eat in large group consume 30% more than those who eat in small group.

For most of my friends, I see that they tend to eat faster and much more when they are dining with a group.

According the researchers, the cause of this behavior is the stimulant provided by the sight and sound of others who are engaged in the same activity (eating and talking). Somehow it overrides the satiety signal.

According to their observation, those who eat in large group tend to eat 30% more food, eat faster and don’t pay too much attention to what they eat.

So it’s advisable for children who eat too little to dine more with family and friends to encourage more consumption. While for those who eat too much, it’s advisable to avoid food court and fast food restaurant where the ambient may trigger them to eat more. How about you?

Research from Medical News - Web MD.

26 comments:

  1. Ollie said...

    I am a sloppy eater, that's why I prefer to eat in small group or even alone. I get uncomfortable when eating in large crowd of people.

  2. Anonymous said...

    Found this page on StumbleUpon.

    " So it’s advisable for children who eat too little to dine more with family and friends to encourage more consumption. While for those who eat too much, it’s advisable to avoid food court and fast food restaurant where the ambient may trigger them to eat more. How about you? "

    My $0.02, it'll do us more good if we keep the kids away from fast food regardless of their current condition.

  3. Soju said...

    For me I drink more when I am in large group heh heh. What's the fun of drinking alone. Guess it's the same with eating.

  4. Anonymous said...

    You know what they say. Friends, beer and food are what make it fun.

  5. keeyit said...

    Yes, I will.. I will eat more on gathering dinner.. :P

  6. Shelton said...

    30% is a big number. It's surprising to learn that our appetite is unconsciously affected by our surrounding.

  7. Sean said...

    I admit I'll eat more because of the gathering, but I won't eat fast anyway.

  8. Fa Sy said...

    The more fools there are, the better it is. I do it more on communal gathering, I guess because at that point the food becomes a sort of entertainment. I know its kinda weird lol but I guess I have more fun eating with friends than eating alone. I always feel bad for people who have to eat alone in restaurants.

  9. shern's mom said...

    i think this is true. my little nephew marcus, a very slow and fussy eater tends to eat a lot faster and more too when he eats with other cousins.

  10. cbenc12 said...

    i do i do.. when i see ppl eat, i also eat.. so end up eat more! :D

    Life's Roller Coaster~

  11. Johnny Ong said...

    good analysis there but it all really depends on yr company.

    if u were to go out with my grp of frens, i will guarantee that u will eat more as this grp really knows how to order food and the way they eat will surely brings up yr appetite. yes, we do talk but when an outing is for food, food it is.

    as for children, it also depends. if the food is their favourite, u can't stop them but if it's not their favourite they rather skip it.

  12. Fluffy~ said...

    yeah! i do eat more on festive season too! ^.^

  13. Alistairlihai said...

    I tend to eat less.

  14. shern's mom said...

    hey cherry,
    haven't heard from you for a long time. hope everythin is ok.
    have a merry christmas and a wonderful year ahead.

  15. Mat Nayie said...

    Hi..thanks for the tips about cooking..
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  16. curryegg said...

    It's true.. We should advoid fastfood and foodcourt for health purpose...

    And hey cherry! How are you? It has been a long time I did't pay you a visit... HOpe that everything is fine .... miss ya...
    ;)

    Oh ya... Happy 2008 to you..

  17. addy said...

    I really don't eat more in communal gatherings, I eat the same. Actually when I cook for myself i end up eating more because the portions sold the grocery store are made for multiple person meals. This is bad because I eat more and it raised my carbon foot print. Speaking of that does anybody know about this site ( http://www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than the others? Fill me in!

    I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon, does anyone know about any other tests?

  18. Anonymous said...

    I tend to eat more in communal gatherings but it isn;t that big of a deal. I really enjoy reading your blog; it always has great dialogue. I was wondering if your readers have heard anything about online carbon calculators. I am not an environmental nerd but I came across a couple, and with everyone going green these days I thought I would check out my footprint. I took my test at WWF.com, and the EPA site along with www.earthlab.com. Does anyone know about any other ones? Let me know, and it would be cool to hear any thoughts on these things. Oh and I think Earthlab.com is the best site it has the easiest calculator to use and they are doing stuff with the super bowl, spinning football and global warming together is pretty impressive.

  19. adrian2514 said...

    Hey just stopping by to get my dose of green info. Always good stuff here! I am trying to compile a list of stuff I can do to reduce my carbon emissions. MTV had a commercial about it, and got me interested. I have been to www.earthlab.com and they have a ton of tips but I was mostly impressed by their page where they have their users send in tips: http://www.earthlab.com/life/tips.aspx Does anyone else know of other data bases that I can find these types of small things that lower my emissions? EPA or WWF maybe?

    Thanks for all your info and drop me a link if you guys see anything worth my time.

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  22. Jane said...

    I definitely eat more in groups, I always wind up splurging if I'm at a wedding or at a party where there's lots of food around that I normally wouldn't eat.

  23. Jane said...

    I definitely eat more in groups, I always wind up splurging if I'm at a wedding or at a party where there's lots of food around that I normally wouldn't eat.

  24. divamentors said...

    Great post Cherry and very thought provoking. I;ve never thought about it, but if I am at a sit down meal in a group I eat less, but if I am at a party with finger foods I tend to spend my time chatting with people near the food and grazing all night!

    You've got an amazing blog. I would love to be able to keep your link up on the Be Naturally Well community. Our forums will be up and running soon as well.

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    Many Blessings,
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  25. Sharon said...

    It's Thanksgiving Weekend coming up in Canada and yup,,,, don't think I will survive all the five communal gatherings (did I mention there will be lots of food at each one???) in one piece.....

    Or at least in the same clothes size I started the weekend with.

    Got any tips?

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    I don't eat much in a gathering but when I'm in our home I eat too much specially when there was delicious foods.

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