Eat­ing on the go could make you fat

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Di­eters who eat while per­form­ing other ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing or watch­ing TV may in­crease their food in­take later in the day which could lead to weight gain and obe­sity, says a new study.

“Eat­ing on the go may make di­eters overeat later on in the day,” said lead study au­thor Jane Og­den, pro­fes­sor at Univer­sity of Sur­rey in Eng­land.

The study also showed that eat­ing while walk­ing around trig­gered more overeat­ing com­pared to eat­ing dur­ing other forms of dis­trac­tion such as watch­ing TV or hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with a friend.

“This may be be­cause walk­ing is a pow­er­ful form of dis­trac­tion, which disrupts our abil­ity to process the im­pact eat­ing has on our hunger. Or it may be be­cause walk­ing, even just around a cor­ri­dor, can be re­garded as a form of ex­er­cise which jus­ti­fies overeat­ing later on as a form of re­ward,” Og­den noted.

The team ex­am­ined 60 women who were ei­ther di­eters or non-di­eters and gave them all a ce­real bar to eat un­der three dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. The first group was asked to watch a five-minute clip of the sit­com Friends while eat­ing. The sec­ond group was asked to walk around the cor­ri­dor while con­sum­ing the ce­real bar, and the third group was sim­ply asked to sit op­po­site a friend and have a con­ver­sa­tion. Af­ter the experiment, par­tic­i­pants com­pleted a taste test in­volv­ing four dif­fer­ent bowls of snacks, in­clud­ing cho­co­late, car­rot sticks, grapes and crisps.

The re­sults showed that di­eters ate more snacks at the taste test if they had eaten the ini­tial ce­real bar while walk­ing around and specif­i­cally they ate five times more cho­co­late.

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