The growing obesity problem for women may be solved through eating a hearty breakfast, according to ...
The growing obesity problem for women may be solved through eating a hearty breakfast, according to researchers in Venezuela.
Researchers at the Clinical Hospital in Caracas and the Virginia Commonwealth University found women who ate hearty breakfasts lost more weight in the long term.
It was suggested that women should eat a large, high-carbohydrate meal in order to benefit over the women who ate a small breakfast. Foods such as bread, cereal, bananas, nuts, fish and eggs were recommended for breakfast, followed by low-carbohydrate meals for lunch and supper.
Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, lead author of the study, has advised against low carbohydrate diets saying they would "exacerbate the craving for carbohydrates and slow metabolism. As a result, after a short period of weight loss, there is a quick return to obesity".
Stephen Walker, chief executive of Medical Insurance Services, said such an idea, in theory, made sense. "It makes sense for the industry if people live healthy lifestyles and we should encourage them."
However, he added the industry may take the same stance as it does with smoking: "There are no figures that suggest smokers claim more and the same may apply to those that are overweight."
Emma Broadbent, spokesperson for Norwich Union Healthcare, declined to comment on this particular diet, adding the provider would encourage people to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Obesity is the excessive accumulation of adipose tissue to an extent that health is impaired and is usually using the body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference.
A large number of medical conditions have been associated with obesity. Health consequences are categorised as being the result of increases in fat mass or the number of fat cells. Mortality increases with obesity, with a BMI of over 32 associated with a doubled risk of death.
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