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Obese misjudge sugar intake

13th August 2007

UK researchers say that obese people do not accurately gauge the amount of sugar they eat.


As a consequence, this makes studying the condition difficult, as the results are not accurate. However, a new test performed on urine samples can show how much sugar a person has consumed.

The results of a new study by the Medical Research Council and Cambridge University were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

The study, which had hundreds of participants, looked closely at, and compared, the details of what subjects said they ate with the actual results from urine tests.

Professor Sheila Bingham, the study team's leader, said the results confirmed what they had suspected: "obese people are not able to tell us what they actually eat."

Previous research put forward the idea the consumption of sugar was not connected with obesity. The new study opines that as the previous research was based on subjects who reported their own sugar intake, the findings would not be accurate.

"The spot urine and blood tests established that obese people consume more sugar and less Vitamin C than their thinner counterparts, but this did not show up when asked," said Professor Bingham.

She said that dietary self-reporting was "less accurate" than for those subjects of normal weight.

Dr Colin Waine from the National Obesity Forum said overweight people tended to underestimate their food consumption. He said that the test could prove to be a "great tool" for doctors and patients to find solutions to problems together.

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Article Information

Title: Obese misjudge sugar intake
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3715
Date Added: 13th Aug 2007


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