Is your kitchen making you fat? Author says design, setup of kitchen can work for or against you

Although more than 70 percent of kitchens remodeled in 2014 were done in white, author Brian Wansink advises against a white kitchen due to what he believes is its tendency to stimulate the appetite. Even so, white kitchens remain a top choice of local homeowners, says Becky Worley, owner of Classic Cabinetry. In the remodel of this East Ridge home by Classic Cabinetry, the original oak flooring was kept but refinished. Maple cabinets were painted white with recessed, flat-panel doors and white Carrara quartz countertops installed. Photo by Med Dement

What's within arm's reach when you open your refrigerator: fruit or processed foods? What's front-and-center inside the kitchen cabinets? Where is the TV in relationship to the dining table?

If your New Year's resolutions involved losing weight and mindful eating, your kitchen design might be working against you instead of reinforcing those good intentions. That's one premise of Brian Wansink's newest book, "Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life" (HarperCollins, $26.99), which covers how the design of restaurants, school lunchrooms and homes can affect everyday eating habits.

Wansink, credited with being the founder of the "small-plate movement," is a professor of consumer behavior and nutritional science at Cornell University, where he is also director of Cornell's Food and Brand Lab. In "Slim by Design," he proposes the easiest and most natural way to prevent weight gain is to work with human nature, thereby making it simple for folks to make healthier choices -- a solution so obvious, it seems too easy.

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