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Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Health
July 19 (UPI) -- Having too many junk food options may lead to children eating too much, a new study says. The larger the quantities and wider the arrays of snack food options snack for kids, the more likely they are to overeat, according to research published Thursday in the International Journal of Obesity. "There has been a popular push by nutritionists and public health officials towards replacing large dishware with smaller versions to nudge people towards healthier decisions," Jessica Kerr, a researcher at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and study author, said in a news release. "But we have found dishware size has very little effect on the amount of food consumed." The researchers gave snack boxes filled with crackers, cheese, a muesli bar, biscuits, a container of peaches a...
Why songbirds can overeat and not get fat

Why songbirds can overeat and not get fat

Science
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Songbirds living near bird feeders have access to an unlimited supply of food, and yet, they never seem to gain weight. According to research published this week in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, instead of precisely controlling food intake, songbirds may be able to adjust the way their bodies use energy. "The passerine birds at the bird feeders near my home never seem to get fat despite having this buffet constantly available to them, but there are people who get heavy when exposed to that kind of all-you-can-eat environment," Lewis Halsey, an environmental biologist at the University of Roehampton, said in a news release. Halsey argues there is more to weight control than calorie intake. Birds with access to bird feeders may increase their exercise by sin...