When meal times no longer focus on food

Distracted eating may be a prescription for mindless overconsumption — even hours later

By Janet Raloff, 18:47 PM January 31, 2011

There’s little doubt that humanity has been tipping the scales at increasingly higher weights and rates. A study now lends support to the idea that meal-time distractions can mask the cues that we really have eaten quite enough. Moreover, it finds, the caloric fallout of not paying attention to what we’re eating doesn’t necessarily end when a meal is over.

Rose Oldham-Cooper of the University of Bristol, England, and her colleagues recruited 22 men and an equal number of women for a lunc...

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