Posts Tagged ‘snacking’

Snacking is Bad. Right?

June 12th, 2013

In this uncertain world, one thing we can be sure of is that adolescent snacking is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Right? Well, er, no. Actually, young snackers (you know who you are) are likely to be less obese.

According to a literature review from 2000 to 2011 by Nicole Larson  and Mary Story at the University of Minnesota, “Although snacks can contribute to intake of key nutrients, frequent snacking has been associated with higher intake of total energy and energy from added and total sugars. Assessments in schools and retail stores have further indicated that energy-dense, nutrient-poor snacks are widely available in settings where youth spend their time. The majority of studies either found no evidence of a relationship between snacking behavior and weight status or found evidence indicating that young people who consumed more snacks were less likely to be obese; however, additional research is needed to address various methodological limitations.”

Picture: Selena Gomez snacking. Source:


Normal Weight Persons Heaviest Snackers; Weight loss Mainteners Best on Physical Activity

November 22nd, 2011

Contrary to the assumptions of many, the group that snacks most frequently is the normal weight, followed by weight-loss maintainers and then persons who were overweight. Weight-loss maintainers had the highest level of self-reported physical activity, followed by normal-weight individuals and then overweight participants. Eating Frequency Is Higher in Weight Loss Maintainers and Normal-Weight Individuals than in Overweight Individuals  Earlier research indicated that obese and overweight persons eat the same diet by macro-nutrients as normal weight persons.