Study Says About 1/3 Of Women Have Engaged In A 'Foodie Call'

WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites spoke with a local psychiatrist about "foodie calls."

Dr. Deanna Lites
June 21, 2019 - 1:34 am

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(WWJ) Some women going on dates are not looking for romance, but for a free meal.

It's called a "Foodie Call."

About a third of women in an online survey say they've engaged in a foodie call. Researchers say those women also tended to score higher when it comes to certain personality traits like narcissim.

"When one looks at the kind of person that would do this, one would see an extremely pathologic, narcissistic type of person," Dr. Howard Belkin, a psychiatrist in Birmingham, told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites. "It's someone who is using another person for the purpose of their own gratification."

Belkin says it's hard to detect these types of people so his advice

"A lunch date is good, a coffee shop -- anything that's public, anything that's quick -- is probably going to be to the advantage of everyone.

This study is in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science

Researchers found that women who scored high on certain personality trait tests -- including psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism -- were among those most likely to engage in a foodie call and find it acceptable.