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Physiol Behav. 2010 Jul 14;100(5):454-63. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.05.003. Epub 2010 May 12.

From mindless eating to mindlessly eating better.

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Cornell University, 110 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14850, United States.


Plate shapes and package sizes, lighting and layout, color and convenience: these are a few of hidden persuaders that can contribute to how much food a person eats. This review first posits that these environmental factors influence eating because they increase consumption norms and decrease consumption monitoring. Second, it suggests that simply increasing awareness and offering nutrition education will be disappointingly ineffective in changing mindless eating. Third, promising pilot results from the National Mindless Eating Challenge provide insights into helping move from mindless eating to mindlessly eating better. The paper represents an invited review by a symposium, award winner or keynote speaker at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior [SSIB] Annual Meeting in Portland, July 2009.

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