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Study: Food Label Readers Stay Thinner

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:57 AM

Are you the kind of person who reads food labels before buying products at the grocery story? Your answer may determine how much you’re tipping the scales these days.
An international team of scientists has found reading the labels on food products is strongly linked to obesity prevention, especially in women. According to the study, American women who check food labels for fat and calorie counts weigh nearly 9 pounds less than those who don’t.
"We know that this information can be used as a mechanism to prevent obesity,” said María Loureiro, a University of Santiago de Compostela health expert and lead author of the study, published in the Agricultural Economics journal.
“We have seen that those who read food labels are those who live in urban areas, those with high school and high education. As we would hope therefore, campaigns and public policy can be designed to promote the use of nutritional labeling on menus at restaurants and other public establishments for the benefit of those who usually eat out."
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For the study, Loureiro and colleages from the Universities of Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Finance Research analyzed information from the annual National Health Interview Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey contains 25,640 observations on health, eating, and shopping habits, including details on whether participants read the nutritional information in supermarkets and how often.
"First we analysed which was the profile of those who read the nutritional label when purchasing foods, and then we moved on to the relationship with their weight," said Loureiro.
The team found very significant differences between consumers that read labels and those that do not. They also found smokers payless attention to this information, suggesting people who read labels do so as a result of leading more health-conscious lives.
Urban residents also tended to read nutritional information than rural dwellers, as did more highly educated people.
About 58 percent of men read the information contained within nutritional labels; 74 percent of women do.
"Obesity is one of the most serious health problems in modern day USA” said Loureiro. "The number of overweight or obese adults has risen over the years. From 2009 to 2010, more than a third (nearly 37 percent) of the adult population in this country were obese and in children and adolescents this figure rises to 17 percent.”
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People who read nutritional food labels before buying products are more likely to be thinner than consumers who don't.
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