MD and I went to Dallas to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with our kids and grandkids. On the way we flew American Airlines from LA to DFW. We had upgraded to first class with miles, and during dinner I noticed something and decided to do a little walking around survey.
What I’m going to report is not scientifically accurate; it is only an observation. As such, I don’t know what conclusions, if any, can be drawn, but I do think it is interesting.
The dinner offerings were either a pasta salad or a chicken breast with vegetables. The two people sitting directly across the aisle from MD and me were extremely overweight, and I noticed that they both ordered the pasta salad. I got curious, so after everyone was served I got up under the guise of going to the restroom, wandered by all the first class passengers, and tallied what they were eating.
There were 22 first class seats and there were 12 people occupying those seats who were obviously overweight. All of those 12 overweight people were eating the pasta salad. Of the 10 non-obviously overweight people, 9 were eating the chicken and vegetables, 1 was eating the pasta salad.
Based on this limited study, we can say that at least on this particular flight overweight people preferred pasta. We can’t draw any cause or effect conclusions from this, but I do find it interesting.
Obesity pasta survey