By ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN | February 2, 2012 |
Two new studies remind us that eating habits may be strongly influenced by people around us.
Being a people-pleaser might make you popular at parties, but it probably isn’t doing much good for your waistline.
A new study by Case Western Reserve University researchers shows that people-pleasers tend to overeat in social settings in an effort to make other people feel more comfortable. They feel pressure to eat, whether they’re hungry or not, in order to match what people around them are eating. Problem is, they tend regret their choices later.
“It doesn’t feel good to give into social pressures,” said Julie Exline, a Case Western Reserve psychologist and lead author of the study, in a statement.
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