July 24, 2014, Los Angeles Times
By Mary Macvean
Seems that most of us take to heart the common admonition to clean our plates, at least when we fill them ourselves.
Adults eat nearly 92 percent of the food they put on their plates, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity.
There were some variations: If people were distracted, they ate less, almost 89 percent of what they took; they ate 92.8 percent of meals but only 76.1 percent of snacks. At home or in a lab, the amount eaten was about the same, and men and women ate the same percentages.
“If you put it on your plate, it’s going into your stomach,” said Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and the study’s lead researcher. Wansink, who frequently studies eating habits, conducted the research with Katherine Abowd Johnson, a doctoral student at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Continue reading