Brian Wansink is an eating behaviourist who is director of nutritional science at Cornell University. In a recent study he found that female secretaries ate 5.6 times more chocolates if they were placed on a nearby desk than if they has to physically stand up and walk a few metres to get to them.
An additional experiment interestingly revealed that office workers positioned near to glass dishes full of sweets ate 71 per cent more a day than those who sat near white opaque dishes filled with the same sweets.
Wansink reveals that when two women are brought together they tend to mimic each others eating habits and also reports that we eat 30 per cent more calories in company than we do alone.
So what drives...