"Mindless eating," a phenomenon coined by psychologist and Cornell University consumer behavior professor Brian Wansink, suggests that our eyes, rather than our stomachs, dictate how much we end up eating. Wansink suggest that this type of mindless eating contributes to unhealthier eating habits and unnecessary weight gain. "Our homes are filled with hidden eating traps," said Wansink.
At the American Psychological Association's annual meeting here today, Wansink described his experiments into mindless eating and strategies for mindlessly eating better. Other experiments suggest that dish size influences how much we eat. The Solution: Mindful Eating, Since people eat more off of large plates, serve meals on salad plates rather than large dinner plates.