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Study: Eating Big Meals May Make You Feel Like a Big Deal

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Choosing the larger chocolate bar or supersizing a combo meal at a fast-food joint may increase a person’s sense of importance, according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Researchers had participants read one of two articles. The first said that “63 percent of the 1,000 most influential Americans are fit,” while the other said that “63 percent of the 1,000 most influential Americans are overweight.” Participants were then offered the choice between five different sized candies. The people who read the second article, which said most influential Americans are overweight, were more likely to choose the larger candy bar, while people who read the first article were more likely to choose the smaller portion.

Need some healthy inspiration? Check out Time magazine’s recently released list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2012. Some of the fit and healthy people on the list included:

Trying to keep your portions in check? Learn some sneaky tips in Joe Kita’s 30-day experiment, “Downsize Your Dinnerware.”

Tags: Motivation, Health, Weight Loss