In a woman’s presence, men eat 93% more pizza than when they are on their own or with male friends
However, eating massive quantities of food is an unusual way that men innately try to show off to the female sex.
A study of 133 adults (74 males and 59 females) by Cornell University found that men consume a considerable amount more food when they are with women.
It doesn’t matter what kind of food it is either – they found that not only did men eat 93% more pizza (1.44 more slices) when dining with a female than when with another man, but they also ate 86% more salad.
“These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off,” Kevin Kniffin, visiting assistant professor and lead author of the study, told the LA Times. “Instead of a feat of strength, it’s a feat of eating.”
Apparently, by stuffing their faces, men are showing “that they possess extraordinary skills, advantages, and/or surplus energy in degrees that are superior to other men.”
“Conspicuous consumption of food is a much less dramatic ‘risk’ than, say, going off to the front lines of war, but research on the effects of obesity nonetheless show overeating to constitute risky behavior,” added the study authors.
It also may be to show their physical fitness– which may seem an odd conclusion to draw from a pizza binge.