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Online computer game can help shed weight and reduce food intake

A simple new computerised game could help people control their snacking impulses and lose weight. Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that shows that participants lost an average of 0.7kg and consumed around 220 fewer calories a day whilst undergoing the week of training. With 64% of adults [...]

Dine with a light eater if you want to consume less

How much food your dining companion eats can have a big influence on how much you consume, a UNSW Australia-led study concludes. This psychological effect, known as social modelling, leads people to eat less than they normally would if alone when their companion consumes a small amount of food. Study lead author, Associate Professor Lenny [...]

Excessive vitamin intake in pregnant rats impacts food choices in offspring

A research group at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine has been using a rat model to see how maternal intake of above-requirement vitamins (A, D, E, and K) impact offspring’s brain development and behaviour. Some of their findings were published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and [...]

Eating less made easier with fiber-based satiety ingredient

Scientists from the University of Liverpool have demonstrated the effectiveness of a fibre-based dietary ingredient that makes people feel less hungry and consume less food. Hunger is a major barrier to successful weight control and consumers need healthy foods that will help them control their appetite. Although fibres have the potential to modulate appetite without [...]

Discovery of new appetite-increasing mechanism

These results are published in the journal Nature Communications. Obesity affects more than 15% of adults in France, and its constitutive mechanisms are still not completely explained. Normally, fine control of weight and food intake is coordinated by a specialised part of the brain (the hypothalamus). It adjusts food intake depending on reserves and needs. [...]