How much influence can an overweight friend have on your eating habits? A lot more than you probably imagined according to recent study published in the journal Appetite. The study suggests that eating with someone who may be overweight can affect your dining choices and portion control. Researchers at Cornell University found that when you’re in the presence of someone who is overweight, this alone can cause you to make less healthy eating choices.
The study consisted of a volunteer actress who weighed 82 pounds. In addition to her natural weight, in some scenarios she wore a prosthetic “fat suit” which added approximately 50 pounds to her frame to make her appear as someone who was overweight.