Why do some people eat more than others?
According to a new survey, people who eat more food than others may have an emotional response to it, but research shows that they can also be motivated by their perceived health status.
The survey by Food Processor Technologies, Inc., asked more than 3,500 people how they felt about food on Monday and Tuesday, asking them how they would feel about eating the same or a different type of food on both days.
About one-quarter of the participants said they would eat less on the first day of the survey than on the second, but most of the respondents said they wouldn’t eat more on both.
About one-third of respondents said that eating less on Monday would be more rewarding than eating more on Tuesday, with about three-quarters saying they would be happier if they ate less on both Monday and the second day.
Researchers say that some people may perceive food consumption as more rewarding because they’re in a healthier body state.
For instance, one in four respondents said it would be better if they were more active on the day of their survey, while a similar percentage said it was more fun to be in a group or activity.
But other people may see it as a bad thing.
“There is some concern about negative consequences associated with eating too much on a given day,” the study’s authors wrote.
“However, it appears that the negative effects of eating too little are less pronounced on days when people are less stressed, happy and fulfilled.”
Researchers also found that people who were in a healthy body state were more likely to say they would prefer eating less or less on a certain day.
About two-thirds of participants who were healthier on the weekdays said they were willing to eat less or eat more, but about one-half of participants said that they were not willing to do so.
About a third of participants also said that if they weren’t healthy on a particular day, they would not want to eat it again that day.
“People who are healthy on the weekend are more likely than those who are healthier on Mondays to be able to reduce their food intake,” the researchers wrote.
“On the other hand, it is possible that those who have fewer health benefits on the weekends are more willing to reduce food intake on those days.”
The study also found people who reported eating a lot on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday may be motivated to eat more later in the day.
For example, a person who ate three or more times a week on the third Monday of the month would be less likely to eat twice on the fourth Monday.