Could good manners be making you fat?
Researchers at Duke University suggest as much in a new study which suggests politically correct diners will mimic the food choices of obese guests for fear of offending them.
Indeed, when researchers at Duke’s Furqa School of Business paired study subjects with companions dressed in fat suits (that made them appear to be up to 65 pounds heavier) and offered them snacks; they were more likely to choose cookies over wheat crackers. When subjects of “normal” weight were used for comparison, diners seemed more comfortable choosing the snack of their choice.
When researchers followed up on their findings, study subjects told them they were worried about “offending” heavier guests.
The study is seasonal food for thought as we peruse the buffet table and share holiday meals with family and friends.