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Cut up Your Kids’ Food So They Won’t Be Jerks: a Study

Or better yet, mama bird it.

Apparently kids are not only what they eat, but how. A study from Cornell University suggests that children are more likely to act aggressively when eating food with their hands and front teeth. So, cut up that apple and un-cob that corn! Future generations depend on it!

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Competitive Eaters Request Help Studying Black Holes

Very serious science.

The International Federation of Competitive Eating is looking to space to help advance their sport. The organization responsible for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest recently wrote a letter to the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii as part of their campaign to observe a black hole and learn from its insatiable appetite.

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European Pike Dies Trying To Swallow Fish Nearly As Big As It Is

With the holidays still fresh in our mental rearview mirrors, most of us have some fairly fresh memories of sitting down to meals so big we had no business trying to consume them. All of our piled plates have nothing on this pike, though, which died in a valiant, if misguided, attempt to consume an entire zander -- a fish almost as big as the pike itself.

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Man Consumes Hallucination-Inducing Spicy Curry, Misses the Point of Eating Entirely

British radiologist Dr. Ian Rothwell recently consumed a bowl of curry --named "The Widower" -- containing 20 Naga Infinity chilis, among the hottest peppers on the face of the planet. You'll notice I said "consumed." That's because it is the opinion of this humble writer that eating is a thing one does for sustenance, of to find joy among friends, or sometimes, in our darkest hours, in the depths of sorrow and self-loathing. (I'm looking at you, pint of pistachio Haagen Dazs. I'm looking at you and I'm already getting a shame tummy-ache.) If you're only eating something for the potential it has to cause you pain, that susbstance is by defintion no longer food. You're not eating food anymore. You're doing a thing that involves putting something into your body through your mouth-hole, and I'll meet you more than half way and say it is impressive, if not wise. But it is not eating.

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The Science of Appetite, How to Beat Overeating [Video]

For those who need science as soon as possible, science delivery team AsapSCIENCE is usually on the ball. This week, they teach us exactly how appetite works, and why we overeat even though we know that, logically, we shouldn't be hungry. It's a little more complicated than you might think. Watch the video and read on to figure out why you finished that entire party-sized bag of chips the other day.

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Here’s a Shark Eating Another Shark, Possibly Photographed for the Very First Time

Taken by researchers from the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, this is supposedly the first-ever picture of a shark eating another shark. The shark doing the eating may not look exactly like a shark, but it is, don't worry; it's a tasselled wobbegong shark, which happens to look like that. It's a type of carpet shark, which if you know your Discovery Channel, would know that they hang out on the bottom of the ocean and pretend to be the ground until dinner swims by. Normally, they eat smaller things, but they have the ability to dislocate their jaw and eat larger things, which is the brown-banded bamboo shark getting gobbled up above.

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Puppy Totally Pumped About Eating [Video]

I've been excited to eat before, but that's nothing compared to this adorable little puppy. He's so happy to have a face full of food that he can't even keep his feet on the ground. Perhaps I should take a clue from this dog and start doing handstands to show my appreciation for wonderful things. But then again, I would probably just end up hurting someone.

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Study Shows Teenagers Tend to Eat More After Gaming

A new study by University of Ottawa researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput shows that, apparently, teenagers who spend an hour gaming typically eat more afterwards than teenagers who spend an hour performing a similarly sedentary activity. The study involved plopping teenagers in front of a game console --no word on what they had them play-- and then giving them an open buffet afterwards. The control group did some other, sedentary, mundane activity and were also awarded with an open buffet. I haven't finished this article yet, but I can already tell you that, regrettably, there is no open buffet waiting for me when I finish. What the study found is that the teenagers who were playing games eat, on average, 163 calories more than the teenagers who were doing something else. On top of that, the gamers didn't actually burn any more calories than the control group, so the increased calorie intake wasn't replace the energy spent on all that thumb movement or anything. There were also no biological indicators of stress in these gamers, so that couldn't explain it either. No stress? Seriously, I want to know what they were playing.

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Study: You Eat Less When Eating With a Big Fork

In a recent study, researchers set up shop in an Italian restaurant somewhere in the American southwest. Their goal was to see how much people would eat when given different sized forks. Instead of a normal spiked utensil, the researchers used a fork that held 20% more or 20% less food. The meals were weighed before and after the diners had eaten, and compared against the size of fork they'd been given. The results were surprising: Those who were given larger forks ate less than those with the smaller ones. Looking to confirm their findings, the researchers took the experiment back to the lab were they presented subjects with Italian food and non-standard forks. Strangely, the researchers found they were unable to recreate the effect they observed in the restaurant. In fact, in the lab, the people with big forks ate more. Faced with this strange situation, the researchers concluded in their results published in Journal of Consumer Research that what they observed was all about expectations. At a restaurant, researchers felt that diners were motivated by the goal of satisfying their hunger. In the lab, where the subjects weren't necessarily coming to eat, they lacked the same motivation and ate aimlessly. Conversely, in the restuarant setting, researchers believe that the small-fork diners ate more because they didn't feel like they were making progress on their meal. So, will changing up your fork size help you eat less? Probably not. But hey, pretty interesting, right? (Medical Xpress via Gizmodo, image via sidknee23)

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