Women who keep cereal on their counters have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those whose boxes are tucked away in pantries and cabinets. Storing snack foods, like muffins and cookies, in plain sight is associated with higher BMI in men, according to a study in Health Education & Behavior. On the other hand, keeping healthy foods highly visible is associated with a slimmer figure: Women who stored fruit on the counter had lower BMIs than those who didn’t. “The idea is to help you mindlessly eat better, so you don’t reach for chips just because they’re there,” says Andrew Hanks, PhD, professor in consumer sciences at Ohio State University and co-author of the study.

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