By Ali Eaves
Guys will go to great lengths to impress a woman—that’s no surprise. But here’s a courting tactic we were previously unfamiliar with: Men eat more when women are around, a new study from Cornell University finds.
Researchers stealthily observed people at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet. The guys who were dining with women ate three slices on average—nearly twice what the guys who were eating with other men consumed.
It’s a form of showing off to the ladies, the researchers say. Like a peacock’s feathers or a mating dance.
Now, we hadn’t heard that a mouthful of pepperoni was the key to a woman’s heart. So we posed the question to our friends at Women’s Health.
Of the 1,500 readers who responded to our poll, 56 percent confirmed that, yes, stuffing your face with pizza is sexy.
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The takeaway: If you’re trying to watch your weight or don’t want to overindulge, just be aware of this tendency. Skip the buffet on your next date, and hit up a pizza joint where you can order by the slice instead.