April 13, 2007

Fat people chose the wrong food portions

EarthTimes.org reports "in a study of 51 U.S. college students, those with a higher body mass index tended to consider larger food portion sizes as typical.

"The study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that among students allowed to select their own portion sizes, BMI was a very strong predictor of larger-than-recommended amounts of food.

"Researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and San Diego State University found those participants chose substantially larger portion sizes of 10 out of 15 foods and drinks, which included potato chips, rice, tortilla chips, pudding, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, water and soda.

"In addition, participants chose significantly larger portion sizes for high-carbohydrate foods when compared to high-fat foods," the authors said in a statement."

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