Portion control is important in maintaining a healthy weight but scientists claim overeating is NOT the primary cause of obesity.
A new study, which was published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, addresses the obesity rates in the Western world and concluded there needs to be a better understanding of what types of food a person is eating, not just how much…
Overeating ‘not the primary cause of obesity’, claim scientists
Study researchers are calling for a complete rethink of public health messaging on obesity, with the focus now to be on foods high in processed sugar rather than portion size.
Currently, many people believe overeating is what’s driving higher obesity rates but the study authors argue that this is not the case.
Instead they believe the amount of carbohydrates, sugars and other processed foods that are being consumed is what’s causing weight-related issues.
Lead author Dr David Ludwig, an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, says, “During a growth spurt, for instance, adolescents may increase food intake by 1,000 calories a day.
“But does their overeating cause the growth spurt, or does the growth spurt cause the adolescent to get hungry and overeat?”
What’s more, overweight and obesity increases the likelihood of developing many chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and some cancers as well as death.
Dr Ludwig adds, “Reducing consumption of the rapidly digestible carbohydrates that flooded the food supply during the low-fat diet era lessens the underlying drive to store body fat”, and “as a result, people may lose weight with less hunger and struggle.”
Tips on how to cut out processed carbs and sugars from your diet
- Up your water intake to 6-8 glasses a day
- Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to prevent you from snacking on unhealthy treats
- Stick to carbs such as potatoes, sweet potatoes as well as wholegrain or wholemeal bread, brown rice and pasta over white carbs
- Consume at least 30 grams of fibre a day
- Drink lower fat and lower sugar milk as well as dairy alternatives such as almond milk and soy milk
- Make sure you are having plenty of protein in your diet, two portions of fish every week as well as beans, eggs and a variety of meat, if you are a meat eater.
- Pick saturated oils and spread when possible
- Cut back on salt and saturated fats
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