A new study concerning food etiquette has yielded some very interesting results. It would seem that men tend to overeat on a date. More specifically, a team of scientists from the Cornell University have discovered that males tend to eat more when they are in the presence of one or more women.
The study itself took place in a rather unusual setting. Rather than summoning control groups or setting up a controlled environment, the team of behaviorist wanted to clock in some field hours. So, the merry gang of scientists threw away their lab coats and got into something more comfortable. Then they rushed outside of the lab and made it to the nearest pub.
Out there they could conduct their experiment without being hit by awkwardness. The groups they chose to observe were consuming pizza and salad. According to their observation, when a male is in the presence of one or more women we will tend to eat more than usual. The test subjects ate 93 percent more pizza than usual. That would mean that an average male will consume 1 and a half more slices of pizza than he usually does. Moreover it would seem that salad consumption is up by 86 percent.
It would seem that even the female test subjects would display a similar behavior. The group has discovered that a woman who eats alongside a man or a group of men would eat more than usual. The research project even managed to discover other aspects regarding male and female behavior when it comes to having lunch.
Upon reviewing their menu, the scientists have discovered that a male subject is much more careful with what he eats than usual. If stake and tatters was their past-time snack, when in the presence of a woman he would stick to salad and other nutritious and healthy food.
Although the results of this study may have sparked some interest in the academic community, it would seem that there are also quite a lot of critics out there that have stuck an inconclusive label on the project.
Samantha Heller, a nutritionist, said that the subject in very intriguing, but the conclusions are far-fetched. She declared that in order to demonstrate such a hypothesis, the group of researchers must take into account additional parameters such as social context.
For example, a man or a woman might overeat when he or she is in the presence of friends, family, close acquaintances, but they might refrain from eating too much when they go on a business meeting.