holidays frequently bring extra pounds because of the amount of
food made available in a variety of settings and because we tend
to exercise less. Research by Brian Wansink, professor of business
administration, is in the news as food columnists apply his results
to holiday eating. Wansink has spent the past 18 years (and 150
studies) investigating how the things we don't notice have an impact
on our food consumption.
Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 22)-- A person's comfort-food preferences
are formed at an early age.
Tribune-Review (Dec. 22) -- In a study of 770 people, researchers
led by Brian Wansink found that adults who prefer vegetables tend
to enjoy a wider variety of tastes, spicier foods and more tannic
red wines. They also might be more adventuresome about trying new
recipes, eat fewer desserts and entertain more guests.
Globe and Mail (Toronto, Dec. 22) -- Most of us don't realize
we eat as much as we do. According to Wansink, there are many environmental
triggers below our radar screens that make us unknowingly overeat.
The size of a package, the shape of a glass, food proximity, variety,
convenience, even the words on a menu can influence how much and
what we eat.