Study: Overeating does not always cause weight gain

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Wednesday 15 September 2021

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Overeating does not always cause weight gain, according to research published by the University of Oxford, which attributes the cause of the American “obesity epidemic” to processed carbohydrates, prompting hormones to cause widespread metabolic chaos.

According to scientists and paramedics led by David Ludwig, an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, binge eating is not the real problem.

But the real reason is “modern dietary patterns characterized by excessive consumption of foods that cause high blood sugar, especially highly processed and quickly digested carbohydrates”.

Foods and drinks that cause high blood sugar include sweetened beverages, french fries, white pasta and white rice, baked potatoes and cereal.

“These foods cause a hormonal response, essentially altering metabolism and causing fat loss, weight gain and obesity,” they told the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The research team added: “In order to understand the obesity epidemic, we must look, not only at the amount of food we eat, but also how the food we eat affects our hormones and metabolism,” while recognizing that it is easy for people to overeat and that “lifestyles” “Inactive today” can contribute to weight gain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America, obesity affects more than 40% of adults in the country, which the researchers said means that they are “at greater risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.”

These non-communicable diseases have left infected people susceptible to Covid-19 with a higher risk of infection or death, compared to healthy people.

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