Washington: Our relationship with food, which would seem to be a fairly straightforward instinct, may not be that simple as our appetite is influenced by an array of factors including eating environment and the perception of the food in front of us, researchers say.Previous studies have shown that eating in front of the TV can increase both hunger and the amount of food consumed, and people’s food intake appears to be susceptible to their surroundings like the eating behaviour-and body size-of their dining companions. Even simple visual cues, like plate size and lighting, have been shown to affect portion size and consumption.The new study adds a new wrinkle by suggesting that our short-term memory also may play a role in appetite.Several hours after a meal, the study found, people’s hunger levels were predicted not by how much they had, but rather by how much food they’d seen in front of them-in other words, how much they remembered eating.
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