Overweight people really enjoy their food more than other adults, says study
- Researchers from the University of Iowa studied 161 people of different sizes
- They found that obese women should eat 12.5 pieces of chocolate to get the same taste experience as non-obese women who ate only 10 pieces
- People who were more hungry before eating enjoyed the food more
- Women stopped eating (or & # 39; perceive & # 39;) faster than men
- Hearing nutritional information prior to eating the chocolate did not affect their enjoyment
Food tastes better for fat people – and this can fuel the obesity crisis, a new study claims.
The research suggests that an important factor in overeating is that some people enjoy the taste of food much more.
Researchers discovered that while they made their way through a bar of chocolate, the pleasure level of obese people stayed longer.
But leaner people began to enjoy taste less as time went on.
Obese women had to eat 12.5 pieces of chocolate to get the same taste perception as non-obese women who ate only 10 pieces
The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tested levels of satisfaction in adults with normal weight, overweight and obesity.
Professor Linnea Polgreen from the University of Iowa and her team conducted a controlled trial in 290 adults.
Of these, 161 had a normal body mass index (BMI), 78 were considered overweight and 51 were obese. Eighty percent of the participants were women and the ages ranged from 18 to 75.
The participants were offered and assessed one piece of chocolate at a time in a controlled environment and could eat as much as they wanted without feeling uncomfortable.
They ate between two and 51 pieces.
The researchers also discovered that people who were hungry before the study had a greater taste perception, while women's taste perception declined faster than that of men.
But according to the findings, providing nutritional information prior to eating the chocolate did not influence the taste experience.
Co-researcher Dr. Aaron Miller said: & # 39; In our research population, obese people reported higher satisfaction for each additional piece of chocolate compared to non-obese people.
& # 39; Their taste preferences therefore seem considerably different.
& # 39; Our findings further indicate that obese participants had to consume a larger amount of chocolate than non-obese participants to experience a similar decrease in taste perceptions.
& # 39; In particular, obese women had to eat 12.5 pieces of chocolate in order to achieve the same taste perception as non-obese women who ate only 10, corresponding to a difference of 67.5 calories. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; This may partly explain why obese people consume more than non-obese people. & # 39;
Research leader Professor Linnea Polgreen of the University of Iowa in the United States said: & # 39; Obesity is a major public health issue.
& # 39; Taste perceptions can lead to overeating. If obese people have different taste perceptions than non-obese people, this can lead to a better understanding of obesity and possibly develop new approaches to prevent obesity. & # 39;
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