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More Protein Can Improve Appetite and Diet in Teens

Controlling your appetite is essential to maintaining a healthy diet and weight. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri shows that protein in the afternoon can reduce your appetite for the rest of the day and reduces unhealthy snacking among teenagers.

“Our research showed that eating high-protein snacks in the afternoon helps teens improve the quality of their diets as well as control appetite,” says Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU.
The study observed male and female teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. The snack of choice for the study was a soy-protein pudding. Their findings indicated that including more protein throughout the day helped people consume less fat and improved certain facets in mood and cognitive function.

The study confirms the tangible benefits of snacking healthy as opposed to grabbing the more “convenient” treats, which are often high in fat and sugar. The study also reinforces how protein is immensely beneficial to a healthy diet, showing marked improvements in mood, appetite, and the overall management of weight.

“Our study demonstrated that the positive effects on appetite and satiety can be extended to consuming soy-protein products,” says Leidy. Protein’s role in snacking is similar to its role in weight loss; it can provide satiety for a dieter and be a deterrent from less healthy alternatives.

Source: University of Missouri


In Good Company: How Much You Eat Depends on Who You Eat With

You are the company you keep. We’re sure you have heard the saying before — probably from your parents when you were growing up in an effort to make sure that you were surrounding yourself with good people and staying out of trouble. Or maybe they meant what and how much you eat.

A recent study published in the journal Social Influence surmised that how much food a person consumes can have an impact on how much another person eats. Researchers believe this is caused by social modeling, a psychological effect that would lead a person to eat less simply because the person they are dining with is eating a small amount of food.

“Internal signals like hunger and feeling full can often be unreliable guides,” says Lenny Vartanian, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales’s School of Psychology, and the study’s lead author. “In these situations people can look to the example of others to decide how much food they should consume.”

Hunger pangs and satiety have less of an influence on how much we eat than someone eating in front of us. That’s an interesting thought in itself, that external factors are used more than internal factors when we decide how much we want to eat. People have the unique ability to affect change in another person by merely being around them. It’s not unusual to start using the same words or develop a habit your friend has simply because you’ve been around to see them do it. It’s also no surprise that such social influence could be prominent in dieting.

“The research shows that social factors are a powerful influence on consumption,” says Vartanian. “When the companion eats very little, people suppress their food intake and eat less than they normally would if alone.”

Source: University of New South Wales


The Six Types of Obesity: Should We Be Treating Them Differently?

The Six Types of Obesity:

• Young males who were heavy drinkers
• Middle aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious
• Older people who despite living with physical health conditions are happy
• Younger healthy females
• Older affluent healthy adults
• Individuals with very poor health

These are the different types of people who are obese, according to a study conducted by the National Health Services (NHS) in England, and consisted of 4,441 overweight patients. Six billion pounds — more than nine billion U.S. dollars — is spent on obesity in England annually. Making matters worse, Europe faces an obesity crisis of "enormous proportions" as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity inflate waistlines and health costs, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization.

The NHS study started because of the organization’s perceived notion that England’s way of treating obesity lacked efficiency and effectiveness, increasing the money spent on obesity. If further research corroborates these results it could possibly overhaul the way obesity is treated. Rather than focusing on the obvious fact that people are overweight, the NHS concentrated more on why they are overweight. The NHS feels that if you treat the underlying issue you can get to the root of the person’s weight problems, resulting in more concentrated treatment and strategies.

“Our research showed that those in the groups that we identified are likely to need very different services, and will respond very differently to different health promotion policies,” says Dr. Mark Green from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).

The ultimate goal of the NHS is for a person’s program to be specifically curtailed to one (or possibly more) of these designations, allowing for a targeted and specified strategy to treat their weight and increase efficiency and the success rate for weight loss. What do you think of the six designations of obesity? Do you think programs should be more targeted and curtailed to the patient?

Source: University of Sheffield