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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb;23(2):301-4. doi: 10.1002/oby.20976. Epub 2014 Dec 17.

Is plate clearing a risk factor for obesity? A cross-sectional study of self-reported data in US adults.

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Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Identifying eating behaviors which contribute to excess weight gain will inform obesity prevention strategies. A tendency to clear one's plate when eating may be a risk factor for obesity in an environment where food is plentiful. Whether plate clearing is associated with increased body weight in a cohort of US participants was examined.

METHODS:

Nine hundred and ninety-three US adults (60% male, 80% American European, mean age=31 years) completed self-report measures of habitual plate clearing together with behavioral and demographic characteristics known to be associated with obesity.

RESULTS:

Plate clearing tendencies were positively associated with BMI and remained so after accounting for a large number of other demographic and behavioral predictors of BMI in analyses (β=0.18, 95% CIs=0.07, 0.29, P<0.001); an increased tendency to plate clear was associated with a significantly higher body weight.

CONCLUSIONS:

The tendency to clear one's plate when eating is associated with increased body weight and may constitute a risk factor for weight gain.

PMID:
25521278
PMCID:
PMC4719168
DOI:
10.1002/oby.20976
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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