Skinny kitchens vs. obese kitchens? Yes, this is now actually a thing. A new study in the International Journal of Obesity looks at how your kitchen makes you fat. There are three main culprits.
Your Fridge is too Big
Researchers found the size of your fridge correlates to dress size. Homes with larger freezers and refrigerators had a higher percent of obesity than homes with smaller refrigerators. As many people move towards minimalist living with smaller homes, perhaps downsizing the fridge is a good option. Not only will your waste line thank you but you can save money on your electrical bill. For most homes, refrigerators are the 2nd largest consumer of electricity, right after air conditioners.
Your Food Is In the Open
A 2006 study showed office workers ate 2.2 more candies per day when the candy dish was prominently displayed and within easy reach. The same is true for your home. Food in multiple locations, or stored out in the open, means you’re more likely to reach for a handful of something and pack on the pounds. Try to store food off counters and nowhere else but the kitchen.
You Put Junk Food In It
What we bring into the house matters. After all, a box of donuts on the counter will do a lot more damage than an enticing bowl of fruit. Those who are obese did bring less quality food into their homes. Food education can go a long way here, teaching people to “shop the perimeter” in the grocery store to avoid food in boxes and focus on fresh produce and protein choices. Also creating shopping lists can limit impulse purchases that can later wind up on your hips.
Researchers also found a correlation between obesity and low self-esteem, so maybe a mental mindset makes a difference at the grocery store. It’s not likely you can snap your fingers and change your fridge. But re-arranging your kitchen to tuck food away as well as some smart shopping can gently steer you to healthier food choices.
What do you think? Do you think your kitchen contributes to obesity? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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