Medical Mysteries of Music

Is Music Making You Fat? Maybe.

Music is a great influencer when it comes to our behaviour. It can even make you fat. Let me explain.

  • Restaurants play loud, uptempo music for a reason. That kind of music makes people both eat faster (more table turnover, which is good for business) and drink more (ditto). The best music to eat to seems to be soft jazz with Miles Davis getting official scientific approval. The worse is 70s rock.
  • A recent study also suggests that women who ate breakfast cereal sitting on the counter weighed as much as 9 kilograms more than those who didn’t. Listening to music while eating that cereal made it worse.
  • Eating off white plates while listening to the radio is also bad. You’ll tend to eat more. The problem here is twofold: (1) We have a psychological need to clean plates that are white; and (2) as pointed out above, music can make you eat more faster.

Do they teach these things at Weight Watchers?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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