Extra weight architecture

  •  September 23, 2020


Extra weight architecture

Then it gets hard. Architecture influences how much you eat. According to the study, large spaces make circulation easier and thus people use themselves more often.

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According to a study by the University of Notre Dame (United States), the architectural design that offers ample space can make us eat too much.

Dining in an open kitchen, popular in the most modern plants, gives more visibility to food access.

Thus, without realizing it, the environment changes our eating habits.


To reach this conclusion, the researchers conducted an experiment involving 57 volunteers.

The study made use of screens to manipulate the arrangement of kitchen and dining areas during buffet dining.

False mirrors were also placed in the environment so that participants could be observed without noticing.


Each time they got up to get more food, the volunteers ate an average of 170 more calories in the open kitchen compared to the “closed” kitchen.

This result has important implications for architects and consumers in residential kitchens; as well as canteens, cafeterias and buffet restaurants.

Against the effect of the large environment, the solution would be to serve food out of sight in an enclosed kitchen rather than a dining table.

And create open kitchens that have the ability to close when needed.

The study was published in the scientific journal Environment and Behavior.

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