Study: Men eat more to impress women
Men just might eat to impress. At least when women are around.
A new study, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science, found that men tend to eat substantially more in the presence of the opposite sex as opposed to when they're just eating with the guys.
According to Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, "Researchers observed 105 adults lunching at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet over the course of two weeks. They recorded the number of pizza slices and how many bowls of salad each diner ate. Gender of each diner's eating partner or partners was also noted."
The summary notes: "Men who dined with at least one woman ate 92% more pizza and 86% more salad than men who dined with only other men. The amount that women ate didn't differ when eating with other women or with men."
And, in situations where women dined with men, women reported feeling rushed.
The study's lead author, Kevin Kniffin, PhD, speculated on the results, saying, "These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off – you can also see this tendency in eating competitions which almost always have mostly male participants."