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Eating Behaviors and the Number of Buffet Trips

An Observational Study at All-You-Can-Eat Chinese Restaurants
      Obesity has been linked to large portions and high-calorie food, both of which can be found in lunch and dinner offerings at the growing number of all-you-can-eat restaurants and buffets.
      • Nicklas T.A.
      • Baranowski T.
      • Cullen K.W.
      • Berenson G.
      Eating patterns, dietary quality and obesity.
      Previous research revealed six behaviors that are associated with higher BMI among diners in such restaurants: (1) how quickly patrons served themselves; (2) what size plate they chose; (3) where they sat in the restaurant; (4) whether they faced the buffet; (5) what eating utensils they used; and (6) where they placed their napkin.
      • Wansink B.
      • Payne C.R.
      Eating behavior and obesity at Chinese buffets.
      Serving themselves immediately, using larger plates, and sitting facing the buffet are considered to be the contextual factors that increase food intake
      • Wansink B.
      Environmental factors that increase the food intake and consumption volume of unknowing consumers.
      because deliberative thinking is essential for healthy food choices,
      • Bublitz M.G.
      • Peracchio L.A.
      • Block L.G.
      Why did I eat that? Perspectives on food decision making and dietary restraint.
      and larger portion size and higher salience of foods are both associated with increased intake.
      • Wansink B.
      • van Ittersum K.
      • Painter J.E.
      Ice cream illusions Bowls, spoons, and self-served portion sizes.
      • Wansink B.
      • Painter J.E.
      • Lee Y.K.
      The office candy dish: proximity's influence on estimated and actual consumption.
      The current research investigated which of these behaviors best predict how many trips diners will make to a buffet, which may be correlated with how much food they eat.
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