Research says heavy waiters could lead you to order more food

ITHACA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Watching what you eat when you go out could be even tougher. Scientists at Cornell University say your waiter’s weight could impact how you eat — specifically whether you choose to order dessert.

The Cornell researchers spent time observing close to 500 diners at 60 restaurants. They found diners who ordered from a heavy waiter were four times more likely to order dessert. These customers also ordered 17 percent more alcohol.

The researchers say when we’re eating out, we’re very susceptible to clues that give us permission to eat or drink what we want.

Simply put, the study says, “A fun, happy, heavy waiter might lead a diner to say ‘What the heck!’ and to cut loose a little.”

The authors of the study say it’s important to have a plan. Maybe instead when you go out, you could splurge with say, a glass of wine and a salad. Avoiding the desserts can be tricky for sure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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