Latest Brian Wansink Stories

Bigger Bowl Makes Kids Ask For Larger Portions
2013-11-21 13:07:33

[ Watch The Video: How To Estimate Portions And Servings ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two studies from a team of American and Dutch researchers have found that larger bowl sizes bias children toward requesting larger portion sizes and eating more food, according to a report published earlier this week in The Journal of Pediatrics. Previous research has shown that bigger dishes cause adults to eat bigger portions and the new report found the same...

2013-11-07 13:12:21

Every day millions of people stand in line at all-you-can-to-eat buffet lines waiting to satiate their palates with the delicious foods on the line.  Most of these people, however, are unaware that food order biases what ends up on their plates: the first food in line is taken the most and biases what else is taken.  In fact, this influence is so strong that in a recent study published in Public Library of Science One, Drs. Brian Wansink and Andrew Hanks found that two-thirds of an...

2013-10-30 18:02:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Every night, millions of American families sit down to eat dinner – where they do it could be an indicator of their physical health. According to a new study published in the journal Obesity, adults and children who sit down together to eat supper as a family tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who don’t. In the study, two researchers from Cornell University looked at the relationship between daily family...

Glass Size, Shape Often Determines How Much Wine We Pour
2013-09-27 13:05:55

[ Watch the Video: Wine Glass Size Impacts Your Pouring Skills ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The amount to wine someone pours into a glass can vary significantly from person to person and depend on a variety of factors, including glass physics, according to a new study from Iowa State and Cornell researchers. “People have trouble assessing volumes,” said study researcher Laura Smarandescu, an assistant professor of marketing at Iowa State. “They tend to...

Research Confirms It's A Bad Idea To Shop On An Empty Stomach
2013-05-07 11:22:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to the age old axiom, it´s always a bad idea to visit the grocery store on an empty stomach. It´s said this leads to intense bouts with indecision or a shopping cart crammed full with all manner of high calorie foodstuffs. Researchers at Cornell University have now proven this piece of common wisdom true in a study which found that hungry people are more likely to skip healthier options at the grocery store...

Bite-Sized Fruit More Appealing To Kids Than Whole Servings
2013-04-19 10:18:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Kids love to eat fruit in ready-to-eat bite-sized pieces, yet studies show that in most school settings, the fruit is served whole. This could be the reason that school children are taking fruits, but not eating them. Common wisdom, however, is that children avoid fruit in favor of the taste and allure of pre-packaged snacks. A team of researchers from Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab wanted to understand why the children were...

If Your Child Is A Picky Eater, Blame The Genes
2013-03-21 19:10:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Are you having to force feed your child carrots and broccoli to ensure their diet isn't solely based on plain-and-dry McDonald's cheeseburgers? Well, a new study suggests bad parenting may not be why your child is a picky eater, but rather, it may be because of their genes. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say fearing new foods, or food neophobia, is similar to a child's temperament or personality....

2013-02-27 14:05:54

The term ℠libertarian paternalism´ is a peculiar phrase because it invokes feelings about two seemingly contradictory philosophies. Yet, as a principle of the behavioral sciences, this phrase actually implies gentle guidance, without force. Recently, the USDA passed regulations designed to make school lunches more nutritious. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to increase whole grain offerings, cap the fat of milk at 1% for white and non-fat...

2012-12-20 15:19:06

The mindless eating challenge: Evaluation of a public web-based healthy eating and weight loss program Making small easy changes to our eating habits on a consistent basis - 25 days or more per month - can lead to sustainable weight loss, according to research by Professor Brian Wansink in Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab. The challenge is to figure out which changes work for specific individuals and how to stick with changes long enough to make them second nature. To explore...

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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.