Do you eat mindlessly? Most of us do, according to a new book called Mindless Eating, by Brian Wansink, the head of Cornell University’s food and brand lab. It means we’re often powerless to ignore the call of a candy jar of the beckoning of a buffet. The book details experiments which show that we don’t overeat because we’re hungry, but because of family and friends, because of the size of plates and containers, because of the way foods smells and what it’s called. Even People who insisted they know when they’re full, ate more when they were given large portions. The conclusion is that what really influences our eating are visibility and convenience. If you have candy on your desk, you’re likely to go for it more often than if you don’t. The solution – keep healthy snacks at hand, use a small plate, and slow down.