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One Reason Americans Are Obese

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So, as I’m here chowing down on a pizza and losing my way in my new year resolution, I start combing the internet for answers, and help. I am discovering it’s not a quick fix, as I’m sure everyone else does. There is no trick, no pill, and no machine that will do it for you. I come across an interesting article about how much you eat.

An interesting test was done where some people ate regular potato chips, others ate chips with red ones put in between every 20 chips.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University gave students one of two types of Lays’ Stackable potato chips. The first group was given a stack of chips with red dyed, edible potato chips dividers that were interspersed at several different intervals, suggesting serving sizes anywhere from 5 to 14 chips. The other group was given the traditional stack of potato chips with no edible dividers.

What the researchers found was that inserting colored potato chips at regular intervals in the stacks caused people to eat fewer chips overall. In fact, the group with the edible serving size dividers reduced their potato chip consumption by 50 percent. The results appear in the May issue of the Journal of Health Psychology.

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