Biting versus chewing: Eating style and social aggression in children

Brian Wansink*, Francesca Zampollo, Guido Camps, Mitsuru Shimizu

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Does biting food lead to aggressive behavior? An experimental study is reported where children ages 6-10 (n = 12) were served chicken either on-the-bone or pre-cut in bite-size pieces. When children ate on-the-bone chicken, they exhibited more aggressive behavior than pre-cut, boneless chicken. For example, children were more likely to violate the counselor's instructions by leaving the eating area after eating on-the-bone chicken compared to kids who ate pre-cut chicken. These findings suggest a connection between how children eat and how they behave. This could have implications for developmental psychologists as well as for educators and parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-313
Number of pages3
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Aggression
  • Eating behavior
  • Facial feedback hypothesis
  • Food choice


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