Do You Eat on Dates?

Suzanne Murray
women who don't eat around men

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I have a friend who won't eat on dates—even when the date is dinner in a restaurant. I always thought that was a little weird, but it turns out she's not alone.

A new Canadian study shows that when women eat around men they tend to eat less, and when they do eat, they choose healthier, lower calorie foods than when they eat around other women.

When women eat in a group of both men and women, they also choose lower calorie foods; the more men in the group the fewer the calories they consume. When women eat in all-female groups, they consume food with more calories.

Meredith Young, the author of the study, which was recently published in the journal Appetite (where else?), suspects that this is because smaller, healthier portions are seen as more feminine, and women believe that if they eat less men will find them more attractive.

"It is possible that small food portions signal attractiveness, and women conform, whether consciously or unconsciously, to small meals in order to be seen as more attractive," she says.

So are guys' food choices affected by who they're dining with? Nope—they'll eat the same stuff whether they're eating with men or women.

Do you eat differently around men than you do around women?

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