Having A Messy Kitchen Is Directly Linked To Overeating

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Apparently, cleanliness is next to godliness and also stimulates a slimmer waistline, according to science.

A recent study conducted at Cornell Food and Brand Lab, shows having a messy kitchen is likely to cause over-eating.

The research, published in the Journal of Environment and Behaviour, examined the behaviour of 98 women who were split into two groups.

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One group spent an hour in a messy kitchen while the remaining women were held in a clean kitchen.

Both sets of participants were given cookies, crackers and carrots to snack on while they waited. Women in the unclean kitchen consumed 100 more calories than the others – in particular, they ate more biscuits.

People in the messy room ate 103 calories of cookies – which, frankly, doesn’t sound like a lot to me – versus the group in the tidy kitchen who ate 38 calories, totalling a difference of 53 calories.

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Dr Lenny Vartanian, lead author of the study, said:

Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diets. It seems to lead people to think: ‘Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn’t I be?’

Study co-author Brian Wansink added, ‘Although meditation, as a way of feeling in control, might be one way to resist kitchen snacking for some, it’s probably easier just to keep our kitchens picked up and cleaned up.’

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So, there you have it. Our mothers were right. Again.

Cue the new fad diet: Clean your way to washboard abs, sponsored by Kim, Aggie and Kyla Itsnes. God help us all.


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.