A man is only a man if he never gets full, right? The more food, the manlier the man.
Apparently, that's what men think, anyway. According to a new Cornell University study, if you're a dude, how much you eat may have more to do with the gender of your dining companions than your appetite.
In other words: men eat to show off. So, they eat more when in the company of women than in the company of other men.
The researchers spent two weeks watching 105 adults have lunch at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet, recording the number of pizza slices and how many bowls of salad each diner ate.
They found that men who dined with at least one woman ate 93% more pizza as men who ate with other men. Because, apparently, women love to see men shove slices into their pie holes. And it didn't stop there. The male diners were so hypnotized by the women at their tables that they even suspended their aversion to lettuce and ate 86% more salad than their peers at men-only tables.
And what about the women? Well, their eating habits didn't change based on the gender of their dining buddies. But in post-lunch surveys, women who ate with men were more likely to report that they had felt rushed and overeaten.
So, it makes sense that men dominate eating competitions; apparently, men see how much food they can stomach as a barometer of their masculinity.
Maybe a more accurate measure of their manliness isn't the amount of food they consume but its level of spice instead — since there's actually science that says that the more spice a man can handle, the more testosterone he has.
The ladies aren't amused by your macho munching, guys — unless you're dousing that pizza in sriracha.
(h/t Cornell Chronicle)