Navigation Links
Reading food labels, combined with exercise, can lead to weight loss

Pullman, WASeptember 8, 2010 Nutritional science and food marketing has become so sophisticated in recent decades that a trip to the supermarket can require a complete nutritional re-education. The average consumer needs to be on guard against preservatives, added fat, colorings, and calories, false advertising, and sophisticated but misleading labels. Although guidelines for the information of food labels have gotten a bad rap in recent years a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs suggests that observing them may lead to weight loss, especially for women entering their middle years.

Using information on whether consumers read food labels the first time they buy a product, the research finds that people who observe the labels and do not exercise display a slightly greater likelihood of weight loss than those who do exercise but do not pay attention to food labels. By simply adding an exercise routine to their lifestyle regular food label readers can increase their changes of losing weight. Women between the ages of 37-50 years are more likely to read food labels than men, and are therefore more likely to lose weight."

Previous research has focused on food marketing and behaviour but has not followed related weight loss over time in this middle-aged demographic group. The data for this study was taken from a National Longitudinal Survey of Youth compiled from 2002-2006. The survey began in 1979 with over 12,000 male and female participants born in the years 1957-1964.

Over fifty percent of participants reported that they were trying to lose or control weight. Of these participants, almost seventy percent were obese or overweight. Almost fifty percent were actively reading food labels on their first time purchase and slightly more than twenty-five percent were actively participating in vigorous exercise. Overall, older individuals are less likely to lose weight by reading food labels, and general participation in vigorous exercise drops off after age forty-five.

Additionally, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), enacted in 1994, requires all food manufactures to present essential nutrient and ingredient information on food packages. According to the recently-passed health care reform bill there will be easier access to nutritional information at restaurants, retail food establishments and vending machines. Combined with these new findings, it is likely that this measure will be useful to those who want to lose weight and read food labels to make well-informed decision regarding their diets in and outside their homes.

Weight loss programs and plans would do well in augmenting their client's weight loss goals with the recommended use of food labels, in order to maintain a healthy weight. This is particularly important as people enter middle age and are at a risk for heart disease, obesity-related diabetes, cancer and dementia.


Contact: Bethany Carland-Adams

Related biology news :

1. Reading terrorists minds about imminent attack
2. Bioethics beach reading, Summer 2010 edition
3. Invasive tallowtree spreading rapidly across Gulf coast
4. Second language learners recall native language when reading
5. Wild ferrets are spreading throughout the island of La Palma
6. New way to control disease-spreading mosquitoes: Make them hold their urine
7. Mind reading, brain fingerprinting and the law
8. Drug-resistant urinary tract infections spreading worldwide
9. Researchers report gene associated with language, speech and reading disorders
10. Researchers develop brain-reading methods
11. Reading the brain without poking it
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/19/2015)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... authentication market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BIO-key with the ... Strategy Leadership. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this ... comprehensive product line catering to the needs of the ... which the product line meets and expands on customer ...
(Date:11/17/2015)... 2015 Paris from 17 ... Paris from 17 th until 19 ... innovation leader, has invented the first combined scanner in the ... same scanning surface. Until now two different scanners were required: one ... capture both on the same surface. This innovation is ...
(Date:11/16/2015)... Nov 16, 2015  Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... solutions, today announced expansion of its TDDI product ... touch controller and display driver integration (TDDI) solutions ... These new TDDI products add to the previously-announced ... TD4302 (WQHD resolution), and TD4322 (FHD resolution) solutions. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/23/2015)... Calif., Nov. 23, 2015   Ceres, Inc . ... today financial results for the fiscal year ended August ... --> --> During ... forage and feed products with a better balance of ... signed distribution agreements with several leading crop input providers ...
(Date:11/23/2015)... ... November 23, 2015 , ... Shimadzu ... of its Nexera UC Unified Chromatography system. The award from R&D magazine recognizes ... products of the year in the analytical and testing category. R&D Magazine chose ...
(Date:11/23/2015)... 2015 The royalty-free a ... to develop daclatasvir for 112 low- and m ... --> --> The Medicines Patent Pool ... medicine, signing an agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb for daclatasvir, a ... genotypes of the HCV virus.  The royalty-free licence will enable ...
(Date:11/23/2015)... 23, 2015 biochar market ... 2015, and it is expected to grow with a ... driving the growth of the global market include improved ... of biochar, increased government initiatives and stringent environmental regulations, ... stringent environment regulations are the key drivers for the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: