Snacking on the Rise

January 24, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Snacking on the Rise
I have long warned that American snacking is inducing malfunctioning leptin. In turn this causes weight gain and early onset of disease. I was the first to explain this problem back in 2002 in my book, Mastering Leptin. Apparently Americans are not catching on. A new study shows that snacking is on the rise1. This predicts higher levels of poor health and increased health care costs.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina evaluated 44,754 adults between 1977–1978 and 2003–2006. Snacking rates increased from 71% to 97%. Alarmingly, 24% of daily calories are in the form of snacks. This is a leptin problem epidemic as are society unwittingly causes stress to the most important hormone in the human body.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Snacking is Commonplace and On the Rise  Journal of Nutrition  Carmen Piernas and Barry M. Popkin

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