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
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 Scancomark.com Team
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