Larger packaging, cheap prices, big portions lessening willpower of those who are trying not to eat too much, U.S. researcher says

LOS ANGELES , November 18, 2011 () – A U.S. researcher says larger packaging, cheap prices and big portions are lessening the willpower of those who are trying not to eat too much, United Press International reported on Nov. 16.

Powerful environmental cues are subconsciously bending willpower every day, according to David Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences and psychology at Cornell University.

Levitsky analyzed hundreds of articles on eating behavior and found trends that are heavily influencing the U.S. obesity epidemic, including cheap food prices and easy access to unhealthy food.

Additionally, Levitsky said,, social factors such as seeing others eat are also strong stimulants and have taken on more strength in the past 50 to 60 years as restaurant dining becomes more frequent.

The primary source of this article is United Press International, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 16, 2011.

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