The Weight Of Your Waiter Will Effect How Much You Eat
Written by Jamie Stowe| Wednesday, 28 April 2010| There are 2 comments
A fascinating new study has shown that if you are trying to keep in trim and lose weight you are more probable to fall off the bandwagon and eat unhealthily if you go to restaurants where the waiters are overweight or obese. Another interesting finding was that normal weight individuals who were not looking out for their diet were more likely to eat healthily when they saw the overweight waiting staff.
The research which was done by three American universities namely University of British Columbia, the University of Arizona and Duke University also noted that when the waiters were slim, dieting people would tend to eat healthily and that those people who were not dieting tended to throw caution to the wind and order whatever they wanted.
This research which was deliberately designed to see how people in restaurants were affected by the weight of the waiters serving them will be of great interest to fast food companies and other restaurants around the world. The study team even made use of student volunteers wearing special body suits which could make them look very overweight in order to correlate their research.
In particular they noted that when one particular normal weight waitress went to take food orders she would come back with less food than when she was asked to wear the special suit which put her up to Size 16.
We have reported at Ukmedix News previously on the power of peer pressure to influence how much you eat but we were unaware that it extended to waiting staff too. This research should make you stop and think and examine who and what are influencing you to eat healthily or unhealthily.
If you are of a normal weight maybe you should stick to that restaurant where the staff are overweight to remind you what you will appear like if you eat unhealthily, and if you are on a diet make sure you any hang out at restaurants with skinny staff!
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