People usually do meal planning or reduce the intake of food to get into shape or loose obesity. If you are really planning to minimise you food intake, better dine alone. A new research has found that people tend to eat more with friends and family.
According to the study published in the American Journal Of Clinical Foundation, eating "socially" has a powerful effect on increasing food intake relative to dining alone.
According to previous studies, it was found that those who eat with friends or family ate up to 48 percent more food than solo diners and women with obesity eating socially consumed up to 29 per cent more than when eating alone.
Researchers have found that people usually consume more percent of food when they have it with others as it is more enjoyable which may increase consumption.
The researchers called the phenomenon of eating more with friends and family "social facilitation". Social Facilitation is basically a human tendency to perform differently in the mere presence of others.
Researchers noted that, in the case of social facilitation, we have inherited a mechanism that once ensured equitable food distribution, but now exerts a powerful influence on unhealthy dietary intakes. This creates a tension between an individual 'being seen' to share food altruistically and eat as much as they need.
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