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If your kitchen is messy, it may be helping to pack on the pounds without you even realizing it. Chaotic and cluttered kitchens can encourage you to consume more calories than organized kitchens, according to a study conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab.
The study split participants into two groups, asking each to wait for someone while in a kitchen. Half waited in a kitchen with dishes in the sink, newspapers strewn on the table and the phone ringing. The other half waited in an organized, quiet kitchen. Both kitchens had bowls of cookies, crackers and carrots sitting out.
Participants were also asked to write about a time when their lives were either out of control or in control before they entered the kitchen. Those who wrote about being out of control, as well as those waiting in the cluttered kitchen, ate more calories.