Fairfield County Weekly (12/21/2010)
In 1978, researcher Thomas J. Coates published a cute, three-page case study on a 30-year-old college senior. Now, this is before our time, and perhaps college seniors were older back then, or perhaps this was just one particular guy. I don’t know. But this guy had been overweight, by 15 to 40 percent, for his entire life. Three years prior to Coates’ study, he had started to straighten up. He went from 225 pounds to 145 and was then 10-percent underweight.
At the time of the research, the guy was taking finals and stressing out. (Perhaps he was worried about next year being a 31-year-old college senior.) He would often wake up and drink some water or diet soda from the fridge.
“One night,” the paper ominously observes, “he noticed some pastry in the refrigerator and ate it.”