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Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Too Much...

Friends Don't Let Friends Eat Too Much...

...well actually, they do.

Have you ever noticed that when you're eating with a large group of people, you tend to eat more than you would if it were just you or you and your husband? Turns out you're not alone (or crazy), it's completely normal.

Check out these statistics:

On average, if you dine with one other person you will eat about 35 percent more than if you were alone. (Spouses don't have this effect because couples tend to get into a regular eating pattern and consume about the same amount.)

If you eat with a party of seven or more, you will gobble up 96 percent more, or nearly twice as much. Sound like Thanksgiving? And if you get a table for four, you will end up right in the middle, eating about 75 percent more calories than if you dined alone.

Crazy, right? Perhaps this is why some families are all overweight and others aren't. Not ready to give up your group gatherings just yet? There are ways to beat the statistics so

Here are some great tips from MSNBC on controlling what we eat:

  • Try to be the last person to start eating.
  • Pace yourself with the slowest eater at the table.
  • Avoid the “just one more helping” request (and temptation) by always leaving some food on your plate, as if you are still eating.
  • Preregulate consumption by deciding how much to eat prior to the meal instead of during the meal.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I eat more when I'm alone too. I think I talk a lot when I'm with other people, so I tend not to eat as much. At holiday dinners, I usually have a strategy to prevent eating too much: I fill half my plate with tossed salad (dressing on the side) and the rest of my plate I take small helpings of my favorites so I don't feel deprived.
tragicbeautyx tragicbeautyx 9 years
I eat a lot more when I'm by myself. I don't like eating in front of people.
Emiily Emiily 9 years
I eat more alone. When I'm with my boyfriend I eat very little.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
I agree with Optik, I'm always talking so I either put off actually putting food in my mouth (not a fan of talking with my mouth full:) or I forget ecause I get distratced! Then of course your food gets cold and it doesn't taste as good so you leave some of it anyway. Dessert does kill though, since nobody ever wants to share!
nancita nancita 9 years
That's so true. Great tips, Fit. It also doesn't help that whenever I'm out to dinner with a big group, everyone wants to order appetizers, which I rarely do when I'm eating out with one other person.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
I went out with a girlfrind the other night with the intent of getting a drink together- and she wanted dinner. I had decided to get a bowl of chili but she also ordered an appetizer and dessert for us- I felt like crap afterwards!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
i eat ALOT when I'm eating with people...blah.
optikangel optikangel 9 years
I tend to do the opposite - I eat less with larger groups and eat more when I'm by myself. Probably because I tend to talk a lot when I'm with other people and when I'm eating alone, well... I don't talk to myself! :)
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