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Old October 22nd, 2003, 08:59 AM
Steve Chaney, aka Papa Gunnykins ®
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Obese kids eat more fast food

Study: Overweight children susceptible to supersized menus


ASSOCIATED PRESS

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 15 — Overweight children appear to be especially
susceptible to the lure of fast food, a study found. They stuff themselves
even more ravenously than other youngsters do and are less able to
compensate by eating sparingly the rest of the day.

THE STUDY is nutrition experts’ latest attempt to nail down the link they
suspect exists between fast food and the daunting increase in obesity,
which now afflicts one in 10 children and teenagers in the United States.
Even though the drive-through window is often blamed for Americans’
big and growing weight problem, its exact role is less clear, since people
overindulge in many ways while getting little exercise. Certainly the meals
can be huge and calorie dense. But many indulge in the occasional triple
cheeseburger with bacon without bulking up.
“Everybody is eating fast food, in all socio-economic groups,” notes
Dr. David Ludwig, a child obesity expert. “But if everybody is eating it,
why are some people still thin?”
His team at Boston’s Children’s Hospital set out to find the answer
by setting up an experiment at a food court. The volunteer eaters were 26
obese children and 28 who were of normal size.


“Eat as much or as little as you like, until you have had enough,”
the youngsters were told. “There is more food available, and you may eat as
much as you want.”
Everyone started out with the equivalent of a supersize value meal
of chicken nuggets, fries, cola and cookies that added up to 2,100
calories. And eat they did. Large or lean, the children wolfed down plenty
of food.
“They consume more than half of the calories they need for the whole
day in about 20 minutes,” Ludwig said.
But in the end, the big kids ate more. The obese youngsters downed
67 percent of their daily calories in one sitting, while the normal-size
ones got 57 percent.
Next, the researchers made an unannounced call to see how much the
same youngsters eat over a whole day when on their own. On a day they had
fast food, the obese youngsters ate a total of 400 more calories than on a
day when they ate at home. However, the lean kids ate the same amount of
total calories whether they had a fast food meal or not.
They concluded that overweight children are more susceptible to
gargantuan fast food meals because they do not have — or have somehow lost
— the ability to even out their intake by cutting back over the rest of the
day.

“Do certain people have trouble compensating for energy-dense fast food?
This study suggests overweight people may,” said Simone French, a
psychologist at the University of Minnesota.
The research was presented at the annual meeting of the North
American Association for the Study of Obesity, which concluded Wednesday.
Among other reports at the meeting:
—Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have been following 1,337
men since their graduation from medical school between 1948 and 1964. They
found that the average weight gain was one-third of a pound per year up to
age 65. After that, weight plateaus, and losing weight in later years is
not healthy or normal.


—To test the theory that people eat less if they take smaller
bites, researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton
Rouge, La., fitted overweight volunteers with a “behavior modification
tool” that “fits into the upper palate of the mouth and reduces the size of
the oral cavity.” In the two-day experiment, the gadget cut their daily
intake by 659 calories. A longer study will be necessary to prove it works
over time to reduce weight.
—Russ Lopez of Boston University looked for a link between urban
sprawl and obesity. He rated sprawl in U.S. metropolitan areas on a
100-point scale and matched it with the amount of physical activity people
reported in a nationwide survey. For each one-point increase in sprawl,
people’s physical activity declined by one-third of 1 percent.

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Old October 22nd, 2003, 03:45 PM
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Steve Chaney, aka Papa Gunnykins ® wrote:
Obese kids eat more fast food

Study: Overweight children susceptible to supersized menus

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I believe this. My SD12 always wanted to order the "big Kids Menu" and she
is a big kid. the others would just take a regular happy meal. Of course, I
rarely make stops at fast food anymore.

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Old October 22nd, 2003, 04:09 PM
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On 22 Oct 2003 09:59:05 +0200, (Steve
Chaney, aka Papa Gunnykins ®) wrote:

Obese kids eat more fast food

Study: Overweight children susceptible to supersized menus


ASSOCIATED PRESS

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 15 — Overweight children appear to be especially
susceptible to the lure of fast food, a study found. They stuff themselves
even more ravenously than other youngsters do and are less able to
compensate by eating sparingly the rest of the day.

THE STUDY is nutrition experts’ latest attempt to nail down the link they
suspect exists between fast food and the daunting increase in obesity,
which now afflicts one in 10 children and teenagers in the United States.
Even though the drive-through window is often blamed for Americans’
big and growing weight problem, its exact role is less clear, since people
overindulge in many ways while getting little exercise. Certainly the meals
can be huge and calorie dense. But many indulge in the occasional triple
cheeseburger with bacon without bulking up.
“Everybody is eating fast food, in all socio-economic groups,” notes
Dr. David Ludwig, a child obesity expert. “But if everybody is eating it,
why are some people still thin?”
His team at Boston’s Children’s Hospital set out to find the answer
by setting up an experiment at a food court. The volunteer eaters were 26
obese children and 28 who were of normal size.


“Eat as much or as little as you like, until you have had enough,”
the youngsters were told. “There is more food available, and you may eat as
much as you want.”
Everyone started out with the equivalent of a supersize value meal
of chicken nuggets, fries, cola and cookies that added up to 2,100
calories. And eat they did. Large or lean, the children wolfed down plenty
of food.
“They consume more than half of the calories they need for the whole
day in about 20 minutes,” Ludwig said.
But in the end, the big kids ate more. The obese youngsters downed
67 percent of their daily calories in one sitting, while the normal-size
ones got 57 percent.
Next, the researchers made an unannounced call to see how much the
same youngsters eat over a whole day when on their own. On a day they had
fast food, the obese youngsters ate a total of 400 more calories than on a
day when they ate at home. However, the lean kids ate the same amount of
total calories whether they had a fast food meal or not.
They concluded that overweight children are more susceptible to
gargantuan fast food meals because they do not have — or have somehow lost
— the ability to even out their intake by cutting back over the rest of the
day.

“Do certain people have trouble compensating for energy-dense fast food?
This study suggests overweight people may,” said Simone French, a
psychologist at the University of Minnesota.
The research was presented at the annual meeting of the North
American Association for the Study of Obesity, which concluded Wednesday.
Among other reports at the meeting:
—Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have been following 1,337
men since their graduation from medical school between 1948 and 1964. They
found that the average weight gain was one-third of a pound per year up to
age 65. After that, weight plateaus, and losing weight in later years is
not healthy or normal.


—To test the theory that people eat less if they take smaller
bites, researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton
Rouge, La., fitted overweight volunteers with a “behavior modification
tool” that “fits into the upper palate of the mouth and reduces the size of
the oral cavity.” In the two-day experiment, the gadget cut their daily
intake by 659 calories. A longer study will be necessary to prove it works
over time to reduce weight.
—Russ Lopez of Boston University looked for a link between urban
sprawl and obesity. He rated sprawl in U.S. metropolitan areas on a
100-point scale and matched it with the amount of physical activity people
reported in a nationwide survey. For each one-point increase in sprawl,
people’s physical activity declined by one-third of 1 percent.

*********

-- Steve
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Steve Chaney

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people are worthless." - some anonymous coward admitting the truth,
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"I watched The Accused last night with Jodie Foster. Tough movie. I was
wondering what people felt as to whether or not they feel she deserved what
happened to her." - Brenda Lee Ehmka, Message-ID:

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vetting your rage toward thorugh all forms of harassment. Do you realize
that?" - Sunny, on Jade's life in a nutshell





I wonder what the fina outcome of using "that gadget" in the upper
palette to slow down eating wil be?

My first thought was that the heavier kids just got hungry again
quicker due to insulin spikes. Appetite is the driving force that
causes people to eat so if eating a large meal does not suppress your
appetite sufficiently of course you are going to eat more later.
 




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