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Okay Rambling over
I trust wikipidea, but you can`t use it to "prove" something is true.
As kungfool and HOBYandy mention, though, wikipedia is worthless as a source for an academic article and that sort of turned me off to article in general. But hey, like I say, if it works for someone, let `em keep on keepin` on! :-)
In fact it`s possible that whoever was promoting this added that bit about the ear to wikipedia on thier own.
the reason (could be urban legend, but i`ve seen strong research supporting this) that sailors from the 1700-1800`s wore earrings was for this very reason: the nerve that people are stimulating with the staples made the sailors want to eat less, meaning that the ships could last longer on less food than they could previously.
Eat less and exercise more.