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THE TRUE COST OF SUPERSIZING YOUR FAT...

THE TRUE COST OF SUPERSIZING YOUR FAT...

What’s the harm in paying a little less to get almost double the food? Well, probably, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, inflammation of the joints, etc. In case you didn’t know, studies have shown that super-sizing those french fries will likely lead to more than just weight gain.


A Harvard researcher found that basic culprits of a weight gain are meat, sweetened drinks, fried foods, and any form of potatoes (fries, chips, etc). It should be specified, that another attribute of weight gain is the amount of food digested. The results of this research showed that every extra serving of fries eaten (a direct result of supersizing your meal) in a day could be linked to a gain of more than three pounds. Eating an extra servicing of potato chips proved an approximate gain of 1.69 points. Other diet busters included refined grains like white rice or white bread and butter. This data came from studying over 120,000 healthy men and women from previous studies tracking their diets every four years between 1986 and 2006 to better understand how the eating habits and weight of the participants were impacted by what and how much they ate. The researchers found that within each period (four years) the average weight gain was a little over three pounds -- which added up to a 17-pound total weight gain over the 20-year period.


The study was simple: It took nearly 10,000 women and 6,500 men from the Nurses' Health Study and a replication cohort of more than 20,000 women from the Women's Genome Health Study. Researchers then observed the effects of diet on body mass index (BMI), a rough measurement of body fat.

Researchers from the Harvard Scholl of Public Health found that people in the top third of genetic risk for adiposity, the propensity for cells to store fat, who ate fried food more than four times a week had a higher BMI than those who ate fried food one time or less a week. This was one of the largest studies to date showing a correlation between fried food consumption and increased BMI, based on 32 genetic variants with a known link to BMI. Worst food offenders (pounds gained for every additional servicing per day over four years):


  • French fries (over three pounds)

  • Potato chips (1.69 pounds)

  • Potatoes (1.28 pounds)

  • Sugar-sweetened drinks (one pound)

  • Red meat (0.95 pounds)

  • Processed meats (.93 pounds)

The Impact of Fried Foods on Everyone


Even on the low-consumption end of the study spectrum, a genetic disposition to obesity resulted in a higher BMI. Also, women tended to gain more weight than men did. Eating fried foods more than four times a week may not seem like a lot when you're getting three square meals a day, but the impact of each additional meal of fried food is huge.


Researchers found that the combined genetic effect on BMI among people who ate fried foods more than four times a week was almost double the effect on weight gain among people who ate fried foods less than once a week.


These findings help explain why for some people, unhealthy eating habits have a greater impact than for others. Ultimately, diet modification could combat or lessen the effect of a higher genetic risk of adiposity.



But the report wasn't all bad; the study offered some good news and tips for losing weight, too. Foods and lifestyle choices associated with losing weight included;

  • Yogurt

  • nuts

  • fruits

  • whole grains

  • vegetables

  • physical activity

Essentially weight is lost when more calories are burned than consumed. Frying does make many foods more delicious but results in more intake of energy. More energy in but less energy expended lead to packing on pounds.


All in all, physical activity and a little bit of fat will keep you healthy. You’ll just need to think twice before getting seconds or saying “YES” to the simple question, “Would you like to Super Size your order today?”.


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