Shrink your plate to shrink your stomach: Research on anchoring and the social effects on eating

 

Some amazing studies have been conducted by Brian Wansink, professor at Cornell University and Author of the book, “Mindless Eating.” 

His famous, “endless soup” bowl study is linked below and illustrates the role of visual cues in hunger. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15761167

His equally famous “chinese buffet” study regarding plate size is truly incredible. This can be likened to Daniel Kahnman’s research on cognitive anchoring, however Wansink refers to a large plate as acting as a “visual anchor.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24341317

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

A Healthy Mind can often lead to a healthy body and certainly vice versa due to the bi-directionality of wellness. 

Your task is to understand the cognitive, social and Physiological factors of obesity and then design a prevention program grounded in psychological rationale and research. 

Your Learning Activity guide is linked below:

Developing a Treatment Program for Obesity