Normal-weight adults eat more often than overweight people, study says; relationship still unclear between number of meals people eat and ability to maintain weight loss

LOS ANGELES , November 21, 2011 () – A new study showed that adults with a normal weight ate more often than overweight people, Reuters reported Nov. 18.

Researchers found that overweight individuals ate fewer snacks in addition to meals than people in the normal body weight range. However, overweight people took in more calories and were less active over the course of the day.

The study said that while more than 60% of Americans are obese or overweight, the relationship remains unclear between the number of meals people eat and the ability to maintain weight loss.

On average, the normal weight subjects in the study ate three meals and a little over two snacks each day. Meanwhile, the overweight group averaged three meals and just over one snack a day.

The study’s results did suggest that weight-loss maintainers intentionally do more to keep from regaining extra pounds.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Nov. 18, 2011.

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