It's been quite a while since we had a "research dollars hard at work" entry, so here's a dandy:
When dining at Chinese buffets, overweight individuals serve themselves and eat differently than people of normal weight, according to researchers at Cornell University.
Brian Wanink said that obese people sit closer to the food, generally face it and even chew less. He is the lead author of the study and wrote the book "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think."
For the research, 213 diners were observed at 11 all-you-can-eat restaurants around the country.
That's quite a plum assignment, just hanging out at all-you-can-eat restaurants to watch people eat. If Cornell wants to expand its research, for a small stipend, I would be willing to observe fat people at bars and movies and concert halls and strip clubs. I'm sure they behave differently in lots of places.