- 9 hrs ago From Deepika Padukone To Tamannaah Bhatia, These Divas Gave Us Sari Goals For Various Occasions
- 10 hrs ago Gauri Khan's Corset And Geometrically-Patterned Lehenga Is The Refreshing Outfit We All Wish We Had
- 10 hrs ago 8 Diseases Caused Due To Poor Sexual Hygiene
- 11 hrs ago Instagram Beauty Looks Of The Week: Zendaya, Shraddha Kapoor, Hina Khan & More
- Technology Flipkart Republic Day Sale 2020: Offers And Discounts On Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Xiaomi And More
- Movies TRP Toppers Online: Bigg Boss 13 Tops Chart With Record Breaking Number; Naagin 4 Witnesses Drop
- Sports Hero I-League 2019-20: Churchill Brothers look to halt TRAU’s winning run
- News No state can deny implementation of CAA, it’s unconstitutional: Kapil Sibal
- Finance Budget 2020: Halwa Ceremony On 20 January
- Automobiles Maruti Suzuki Eeco BS-VI Launched In India: Prices Start At Rs 3.81 Lakh
- Education Tanmatra: A Women Leadership Programme From IIM Bangalore
- Travel 10 Best Places To Visit In Delhi In 2020
Having a meal in front of a mirror or even with a picture of yourself eating may be as good as taking food with a company and can make food more appealing as well as tastier, especially for the elderly, a study has showed.
When people eat food in a company, they tend to eat more of it than when they eat alone, a phenomenon called "social facilitation of eating".
Various studies have shown that for older adults, enjoying food is associated with quality of life, and frequently eating alone is associated with depression and loss of appetite.
In the study, the researchers found that when people eating alone saw themselves reflected in a mirror, they reported food as tasting better, and ate more of it, compared with when they ate in front of a monitor displaying an image of a wall.
"Our findings suggest a possible approach to improving the appeal of food, and quality of life, for older people who do not have company when they eat--for example, those who have suffered loss or are far away from their loved ones," Nobuyuki Kawai from Nagoya University in Japan.
However, the effect of "social" facilitation of eating when a mirror was present was also observed in young participants, the researchers reported in the paper published in the journal Physiology & Behavior.
Further, when mirror was replaced with photos of the volunteers eating, the volunteers still experienced an increase in the appeal of food and ate more.
Thus, perhaps surprisingly, a static image of a person eating seems sufficient to produce the "social" facilitation of eating, the researchers said.
With Inputs From IANS