Why Do We Eat So Much When It's So Easy Not To?

For some time now we've heard, over and over again, that it's not just how much we eat, but what we eat, that leads to a healthy diet. But now, a growing number of scientists are adding another factor. Who we eat with, and the circumstances of our setting, can also be a big player.

Which brings us to the current holiday season. Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks. It's about getting stuffed.

It's the one day of the year when it's socially acceptable to pig out. In fact, Mom is likely to be insulted if there's a speck left on your plate, regardless of how many times you went back to the trough.

Once a year isn't likely to make much difference. But eating with friends and family who want to see a healthy appetite can be deadly.

So, at the end of the day, tell Mom to buzz off. And exercise more, eat less.

Or join the cause of the African cattle tick.

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