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Does A Tidy Kitchen Really Help With A Good Diet? A New Study Has Found The Answer

People who are trying to diet and maintain a tidy kitchen are more likely to be success in achieving their aim compared with people who are a little more clumsy and untidy in the domestic setting. This is according to a new psychological study from Cornell University.

The model shows that a noisy, disruptive and disorganized kitchen environment affects how much, and what, women eat. It seems that a mix of stress and untidiness drives women o snack more often and to opt for highly calorific foods. Whether this extends to men as well is unknown, since the researchers only examined behavioral traits in women.

Speaking with Laboratory Roots, Professor Brian Wansink noted:

“We found the more cluttered and confusing an environment was, the more people ate. It made them anxious, and when they got anxious, they ended up eating more cookies.”

In contrast it was found that a calm mind and a tidy kitchen allowed those seeking to eat certain foods to maintain a better state of control over their diet.

How valid the research findings are is open to interpretation. Only 98 women were included in the study and these were divided into split among two different environments: a kitchen that was organized and quiet with no disruptions; and another kitchen that was described as “chaotic”. By this the researchers meant disorganized tables and scattered dishes scattered.

In these two different kitchens the women were set different tasks. After the tasks the women were given healthy and non-health food choices. It was found that most of the women in the tidy kitchens opted for foods like carrots, whereas the women in the disorganized kitchens opted for cookies.

The findings seem a little questionable based on the artificial nature of the study conditions and the extent to which they seem to have been extrapolated.

Those wishing to read further can find the research published in the journal Environment and Behaviour. The study is titled ‘Clutter, Chaos, and Overconsumption: The Role of Mind-Set in Stressful and Chaotic Food Environments.’

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.