Study: Open Floor Plans Make People Eat More

Open-concept living spaces are extremely popular, but new research suggests having such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating. Study co-author Kim Rollings of the University of Notre Dame says, “Open kitchen-dining area floor plans remove visual and physical barriers between humans and food. Our results suggest that people may eat more in a dining area with direct view of and access to the serving area, versus a separate dining space.” In experiment, college students who ate in areas with open floor plans made about 10 percent more serving trips compared to participants who ate in a closed space. (UPI