Eat Junk, Get Fat

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 Obese Man MeasurementWhat would you guess was the outcome of a study investigating the link between diets high in processed foods and the risk for obesity? You probably guessed that the more processed foods a person eats the higher the risk, right? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of Navarra, Spain found when they followed 8,451 middle-aged university graduates who initially were not overweight and were followed for an average of almost nine years. At the end of the study, those people who ate the most processed foods had a 26% higher rate of being overweight or obese compared to people who ate the least amount of highly processed food.

Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D.

De Deus Mendonca R, Pimenta A, Gea A, et al: Ultraprocessed food consumption and risk of overweight and obesity. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016;104:1433-1440.

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