New York: The amount of food you order at a restaurant can depend on how heavy your waiter is, a new study suggests.
The study of 497 diners in 60 restaurants showed that diners who ordered their dinner from heavier wait staff were four times ikely to order dessert, and ordered 17 per cent more alcohol.
No one goes to a restaurant to start a diet. As a result, we are tremendously susceptible to cues that give us a license to order and eat what we want.
A fun, happy, heavy waiter, might lead a diner to cut loose a little.
The study observed 497 diners ordering dinner in casual American restaurants. It then compared these orders to the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the person who waited on them and the size of the diner.
A heavy waiter or waitress seems to have an even big effect on the skinniest diners.
Along with the size of your waiter, the lighting, music, and even where you sit has been shown to unknow bias what you order.
Although, you cannot change your waiter or the music in a restaurant, you can follow a personal ordering rule-of-thumb.
Deciding that you’ll have either an appetiser or a dessert – but not both – before you get to the restaurant could be one of your best diet defences.