It has been demonstrated that people tend to over-eat in situations in which they can quickly consume a meal.
If a person has to consume a meal more slowly, they will (generally) realize that they are full and eat less.
Unfortunately, in today’s decadent world, nearly every meal can be quickly devoured.
In order to reduce over-eating, we will borrow an idea that already exists for dog bowls. Specifically, certain “spiral dog food bowls” have a rim that curves all the way into the center of the bowl (Figure 1). This creates a raised edge that makes it harder for a dog to quickly wolf down the bowl’s contents—the spiral gets in the way.
Thus, the dog spends extra time and effort to get to the delicious food.
The spiral bowl above is a good start, but there’s really no limit to how intricate and annoying a dinner plate can become (Figure 2).
Throw all your current dishes in the trash where they belong—upgrade to this new health-conscious system today!
Hypothetically, this might qualify for reimbursement through your medical insurance! Who knows!
PROS: Reduces over-eating, improves national health, and saves the health care system billions of dollars a year.
CONS: These strange plates would probably be difficult to load into a dishwasher.