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Five meals a day prevents youth obesity, news Finnish study suggests

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
A new study from Finland suggests that eating 5 regular meals a meals a day can assist in preventing weight gain and obesity. This throws more water on the questions of food and body mass development in which in some areas people are advised to eat less to cut down weight and in others, they are told to eat more at regular intervals.

The Finnish study which comes from the University of Eastern Finland suggests that eating regular meals is the key to preventing weight gain in young people with a genetic predisposition for being stout.
In a doctoral study being defended by Anne Jääskeläinen, Msc., it shows that a regular five meal rhythm on weekdays protects against overweight and obesity in young people – as well as in infants who might be prone to overly padded waistlines.

According to the study, even those who are genetically more susceptible to weight gain will not pack on more kilos than their more genetically fortunate peers if they stick to the five a day rule.

The results also show that if a father was overweight before the mother's pregnancy, the risk factors are almost the same as if the mother was overweight before the pregnancy began – for both girls and boys. In addition, mothers who packed on the pounds at the start of their pregnancy increased the risk of continuing the trend in their offspring.

The study brings new information on early risk factors associated with young Finns at risk of overweight and obesity.
Past studies had suggested that Having a diet that's high in calories, eating fast food, skipping breakfast, eating most of your calories at night, drinking high-calorie beverages and eating oversized portions all contribute to weight gain.
by Team

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