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A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that people who eat small meals several times a day, are half as likely to suffer obesity as those who eat fewer meals. Those eating four or more times daily (generally three meals and a snack) were 45 percent less likely to be obese.

People who regularly skipped breakfast were 450 percent more likely to be obese. This study also found eating breakfast or dinner away from home was associated with greater weight. This is likely because of larger portions and more fat used in restaurant food. See report #8461.

American Journal of Epidemiology, July 1, 2003

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May 12th, 2013
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