Can Healthy Eating and Fun Exercising Make Us Fat? Post-Intake and Expenditure Calorie Compensation

Pierre Chandon , INSEAD, France
Brian Wansink , Cornell University, USA
Carolina Werle , Grenoble Ecole de Management, CERAG, France
Collin Payne, Cornell University, USA
Homeostasis should lead people to compensate for overeating by eating less and to compensate for exercising by eating more. In a series of studies involving analyses of consumption panels and laboratory and field experiments, we show surprisingly little amount of calorie compensation within and across meals. We also find that compensation is influenced by whether overeating involved healthy or tasty foods and whether people focused on the healthy or enjoyable dimensions of exercising.
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Pierre Chandon , Brian Wansink , Carolina Werle , and Collin Payne (2009) ,"Can Healthy Eating and Fun Exercising Make Us Fat? Post-Intake and Expenditure Calorie Compensation", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 181-183.