Numerous food choices are contributing to obesity

24 February 2015

Studies have previously suggested that women who eat poorly during their pregnancy could influence the food choices of the child they are carrying. However, new research highlights the importance of the environment they grow up in for guiding their future diet.

A team from Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine found that this could be equal if not more powerful for dictating a healthy diet.

The researchers indicated that having too many food choices can increase the obesity problem, with there being no positive impact of having a choice between high and low-fat foods.

Published in the journal Endocrinology, the study is the first to look at the impact of people having the choice between fattening foods or healthy low-fat ones. With the number of obese people around the world slowly growing, it is essential that professionals fully understand the underlying factors that influence excess weight gain.

"We have found that environmental factors are just as important if not more so than a mother's diet when it comes to obesity," said George Davis, professor in both the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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