Is Your Kitchen Making You Fat?

A new study shows that the kitchen could be responsible for making us fat. That’s because visual cues entice us to eat more—or less. How does your kitchen score on the fat-causing front? Ask yourself these simple questions to arrive at an answer:

  • Does your kitchen have bright lights? Perhaps you need to tone things down a bit. Bright lights are known to create visual clutter, subconsciously urging you to take comfort in food. The result: overeating.
  • Does your kitchen give the impression of a warm, plentiful place, flowing seamlessly into the living and dining spaces?
  • Are your plates big? The bigger the plate, the more you tend to pile onto it.
  • Are your glasses wide? Again, the wider the glasses, the more they can hold. And if you are hooked to sugary drinks, you are looking at some serious calories. Small, narrow glasses are a good buy.
  • Do you buy food in bulk, always? Obvious: the more you have, the more you are going to eat.
  • Is your counter top cluttered? A messy appearance puts you off cooking, and you find yourself reaching for bags of chips and other high-calorie foods.
  • Are the snacks and cookies in your kitchen arranged at eye level? That is a store-tested way to get you to eat more. If you are watching what you eat, place your cookie jars right on the top shelf, so you don’t give in to impulse nibbling without  blink.

Now if  you have answered yes to more than two of the above questions, your kitchen could indeed be making you fat.

A compact kitchen, small plates and narrow glasses—preferably in appetite-controlling soft colors such as blue, limited food supplies rather than loads of impulse buys, a clear countertop and a selection of goodies stocked above eye level—those are some of the elements that can make your kitchen a healthy eating zone.

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred H3 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred H4 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti4 years ago

Bingo! All of these work in our home!

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago


Shawn P.
Shawn P4 years ago

I have a small square kitchen, with white appliances and blue formica counters, and light oak cabinets and I love it!!!! Who wants to clean or cook in a huge monstrous stainless steel applianced behemouth????

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSAway D4 years ago

OK...bigger plates I can see could make a person eat more. However, if you eat the right food, and in the right amounts, the plate size shouldn't matter. I seldom need a regular size dinner plate; usually use a dessert plate - perfect for one person meals.

Narrow gasses are a pain in the behind to wash by hand - can't get my hand inside to clean.

My counter is cluttered - not enough room in cupboards for everything. Apts aren't known for good-sized kitchens or alot of cupboard space.

Get migraines so the light fixture has only one bulb in it, keeping the light just about right for those who are light sensitive.

My kitchen is not inviting because it's so small. Two people would fit but unless movements are choreographed, we'd spend more time bumping into each other than cooking.

Not many snacks - not in budget - except for my chocolate bars in the freezer! Only allow myself 1/2-1 a day, if even that. It depends on what I eat for supper, whether I have a candy bar or not. Will say I got off those delicious, wonderful, addictive Snickers and now only allow plain milk chocolate in my freezer!

Still dream of Snickers tho - dreams don't put on they?

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago

food for thought!!!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G4 years ago

Me and my kitchen are doing fine!

wael a.
wael a4 years ago

Thank you

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!