Is the reason you’re eating too much while at a restaurant related to your server? The Doctors discuss a study that might explain why you feel like indulging from time to time!
According to study from Cornell Universality and Germany’s University of Jena discovered that diners who were served by someone with a high body mass index (BMI) ordered more items compared to people that are served with a low BMI.
The study found that people being helped by overweight servers were 4 times as likely to order dessert, along with ordering 20 percent more alcoholic beverages. The study theorizes that the server set the social norm for the meal.
Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross contends that this feeling also extends to who your fellow diners are.
“When I go out to dinner with my friends, if I’m out with a health nut, I tend to eat healthier,” she shares. “If I’m out with one of my larger friends, I order dessert, I order the appetizer… we really have a moment together.”
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, “I think that it’s important, whether you’re eating at home or you’re eating out… you need to decide what you want and you shouldn’t let others influence what you want to eat. At the end of the day, it’s your life, your body, your health, make the choice that you want.”
Tell us what you think – do you indulge more if your server is overweight?