What Is The Real Reason We Overeat?
By Lauren English
The title of this article is “The Sneaky Thing That Can Cause You to Overeat.” It was written by Maria Carter, can be found in the Women’s Day magazine and was published on March 31, 2016. The article is about what may be the reason behind people overeating. The article came to the conclusion that the cause of individuals overeating is from images on food labels. The pictures on food packages show food in much larger portions than the serving size recommends. These pictures were found to confuse the consumer into thinking they could eat more than they actually could, leading to more calories being consumed. The article gives an example of a cake-mix box that shows a picture of an iced piece of cake. Apparently the image of the cake fooled the readers into thinking that it was the appropriate serving size. The article uses survey results collected by John Brand, P.hD and Brain Wansink, P.h.D from Cornell University. Brand and Wansink were said to of "surveyed 74 undergraduates and 44 women working in the food service and found that both groups overestimated portion sizes after looking at frosted cake on the front of the box. The women, in particular, overestimated by 122 calories per serving.” (Carter, 2016). Carter believes that we would be better off with plain packaging because it would leave less room for confusion of appropriate serving size. She states that plain packaging could help people stop overeating.