The more he eats, the more he likes you, according to researchers.
A recent study discovered that men will eat more food when they dine with their female counterparts, as a way of showing off, than when they are with other men.
The study was conducted over a two-week period while researchers observed 150 adults eating lunch at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet.
Researchers from Cornell University, who collaborated with Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab for the study, took note of the number of pizza slices and how many bowls of salad each subject consumed.
Men who were coupled up with a female, packed their plates with pizza and left the buffet line with their bowls overflowing with salad, eating 93 percent more slices and 86 percent more greens than men who ate with just other men.
‘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,’ explains lead author Kevin Kniffin, PhD, of Cornell University in a recent press release.
When the diners got up to leave, the researchers stepped in to ask if they would complete a short survey indicating their level of fullness after eating, and their feelings of hurriedness and comfort while eating.
By overconsuming food men unconsciously may be signaling their biological fitness, a paradoxical tactic in this case given that ‘overeating constantly is going to produce a body shape research shows tends to be viewed as unattractive,’ Kniffin explained.
However, these findings fit with other examples of self-handicap behaviour, where in this case men are showing off their fitness through excessive eating.
Kiffiin said there is a lesson to take away from the study.
‘These findings are clear that people should calm down when eating with members of the opposite sex.’
Men seem to be eating more, and women feel like they overate.’
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