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26 October 2007

Eat gum, be single, lose weight

Chewing gum and being single may help people keep off extra pounds, according to studies presented this week at an Obesity Society meeting in New Orleans.

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Chewing gum and being single may help people keep off extra pounds, according to studies presented this week at an Obesity Society meeting in New Orleans.

A study of 8 000 young Americans found that married women gained an average of nine pounds more than single women over five years, while married men put on six pounds more than bachelors, Agence France Presse reported.

Having children and getting less exercise may be among the reasons why married people put on more weight than single people, said one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.

Another study, this time by researchers in Scotland, found that people who chewed gum while they prepared meals had fewer hunger pangs and ate less, reducing their sweet snack intake by 46.5 calories, compared to people who didn't chew gum during meal preparation, AFP reported.

Another study found that slicing and eating a whole apple before lunch reduced total meal energy intake by 15 percent. – (HealthDay)

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