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Lifestyle Factors Play Key Role in Weight
Control By Rosalie Marion Bliss
March 29, 2006
Its no surprise that watching hours of TV and not exercising
have been linked to being overweight. Now, a study led by Agricultural Research
Service (ARS) nutritionist
A. Bowman provides data that will give couch potatoes a reason to get up
and get moving. She found that adults who watched more than two hours of TV on
both of two survey days were about twice as likely to be overweight as adults
who didn't watch TV on both survey days.
Bowman is with the ARS
Nutrition Research Group, part of the ARS
(Md.) Human Nutrition Research Center. The study was described in a chapter
she authored in a book titled Body Mass Index: New Research, published
by Nova Science Publishers. The chapter
is called Dietary and Lifestyle Practices of Normal Weight and Overweight
Bowman analyzed dietary intake data obtained from more than 8,500
adults through USDAs national nutrition monitoring system over the years
from 1994 to 1996. The survey data were collected by ARS interviewers on two
Overall, overweight adultsas compared to normal-weight
adultsnot only consumed about 100 more calories a day, but also ate most
of those extra calories at supper time.
The study also showed that adults who skipped breakfast compensated
for the energy shortfall by eating foods high in fat and/or added sugar
throughout the rest of the day.
Another trend noted in the study is also of concern. Nearly 60
percenta relatively high percentageof the overweight adults
identified in the study did not always remove the skin when they ate chicken.
Nutritionists recommend removing skin from chicken to reduce fat intake without
compromising the nutritional quality of the meat.
about these findings in Agricultural Research magazines March 2006
issue, which focuses on ARS obesity research.
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agricultures chief scientific research agency.