Here’s an interesting theory on the cause for rising obesity rates. Researchers have conducted experiments to assess the validity of their theory that the abundance of food choices promotes, in some people, excess consumption:
In the study out of the State University of New York at Buffalo, scientists found that both obese and non-obese women who were given macaroni and cheese daily for five days reduced their intake, compared to women who were given macaroni and cheese once a week for five weeks. read more…
Another study found that changing the number of colors in a bowl of M&Ms from 7 to 10 different colors, increased consumption by 43%.
We would add that a supermarket lined with tens of thousands of products makes us want to buy more food. Oversize fridges and pantries filled with ready to eat processed foods that don’t require any work other than a 2 minute zap in the microwave certainly make it easy to eat more.
On the other hand, who would want to live in a world where we eat the same fare over and over?
Additionally, as many parents know, children actually like monotony in their daily routine. It includes seeing the same move over and over, asking to be read the same stories night after night, and being to able to eat the same spaghetti and tomato sauce for 5 straight dinners if given a choice.