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How can communal eating at college affect how young women eat?

Dr. Rovenia Brock, PhD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Watch as nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock discusses how communal eating at colleage can affect young women's eating habits.


Daphne Oz
Health Education
The communal dining experience on campus means you are constantly eating in the company of others, which introduces a new pressure, especially for young women: eat less than everyone around you. No one wants to look like a pig who can't get food onto her fork fast enough, so girls will often, subconsciously or not, start comparing how and what they eat to the girls around them. This can sometimes lead to a subliminal, or overt, competition over who eats what and how much. Though you may have eaten communally in your high school cafeteria, you did not eat all your meals surrounded by peers. You were able to make at least some of your dining decisions in the comfort of your own home. At college, all these choices are made very public.
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