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Don't call obesity a disease, it increases your weight gain: Study

Melbourne, Thu, 30 Jan 2014 NI Wire

In a astonishing study, researchers have warned that terming obesity as an illness or a disease makes overweight people less alarmed about their health because they think that they have no control over their weight.

According to sources, for the study, University of Minnesota researchers asked over 700 people to read one of three articles.

After the study, it was found that while one article was from the New York Times regarding the move to categorize obesity as a disease, the second article focused on tips for managing weight and the third one urged that obesity is not a disease.

Participants were also given a sandwich menu and asked which of the snacks they would like to order.

The findings showed that obese people who choose the first article saw dieting as less important than those who read other articles and they chose sandwiches containing more calories.

The entire exercises revealed the messages about the nature of obesity have self-regulatory consequences.

(With inputs from ANI)

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