No! Women choose lower-calorie foods when eating with men
In a study published online in the journal Appetite, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario watched folks eating at three university cafeterias. The results:
"In dyads, women observed eating with a male companion chose foods of significantly lower caloric value than those observed eating with another woman. Overall, group size was not a significant predictor of calories, but women's calories were negatively predicted by numbers of men in the group, while the numbers of women in the group had a marginally significant positive impact on calorie estimates. Men's calorie totals were not affected by total numbers of men or women."
Setting aside the issue of whether this study should be a source of dismay or, heaven forbid, validation, if the findings surprise any women out there, let us know. (The researcher, a woman, wasn't surprised. Here's the news release.) Although maybe this would be news to some men ...
-- Tami Dennis
Photo: If a woman chooses this as a meal, she might be dining with men.
Credit: Los Angeles Times