Energy Intake Responsible for Weight Increases in UK Women but not Men

October 9th, 2015 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Increased energy intake entirely accounts for increases in body weight in women but not in men in the United Kingdom, according to a 2011 paper from Scarborough and colleagues. Comparing data from 1986 and 2000, the researchers calculated that the predicted mean increase in body weight due to changes in total energy intake was 4.7kg for men and 6.4 kg for women. But the actual mean body weight increased 7.7kg for men and 5.4kg for women between the two time points. They concluded that increases in total mean energy intake are sufficient to explain the increase in mean body weight for women but not for men between 1986 and 2000. The men may have experienced a reduction in physical activity.