I was casting about for a Tucson real estate tidbit to post and came up with this doozie.
Actual research (from the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame) claims that homes with open floorplans may make you eat 10% more per kitchen visit than a home with a closed floorplan. And that 10% translated into 170 more calories consumed per kitchen visit. The study authors speculate that the "direct view and access to the serving area..." were generally responsible for this additional gluttony. And one caveat...this study was done with 57 college students.