HCPLive Network

Displaying Exercise Needed to Burn Food Calories Effective in Youth

FRIDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Displaying the amount of exercise needed to burn off the calories of menu items may lead to lower-calorie food choices in young people, according to a study presented at Experimental Biology 2013, held from April 20 to 24 in Boston.

Ashlei James, from Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, and colleagues randomly assigned 300 men and women (aged 18 to 30 years) to a menu without calorie labels (NCL; 99 participants), a menu with calorie labels (CL; 99), or a menu with labels on the minutes of brisk walking needed to burn the food calories (EL; 102). The same food/beverage options were listed on all menus.

The researchers observed a significant menu effect on both calories ordered and consumed. In the EL group compared to NCL group there were significantly fewer calories ordered (adjusted mean, 763 versus 902 kcal) and consumed (adjusted mean, 673 versus 770 kcal). The CL and the NCL groups did not differ significantly in the food calories ordered or consumed. Similarly, there was no difference between the CL and the EL groups. Post-lunch calorie intake did not differ by menu condition.

"This study suggests there are benefits to displaying exercise minutes to a group of young men and women. We can't generalize to a population over age 30, so we will further investigate this in an older and more diverse group," a coauthor said in a statement. "This is the first study to look at the effects of displaying minutes of brisk walking needed to burn food calories on the calories ordered and consumed."

Press Release
More Information

Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Further Reading
Youth with type 2 diabetes have high rates of serious complications, with a disease trajectory that is distinct from that in adults.
Young-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with greater mortality, increased complications, and unfavorable cardiovascular risk versus type 1 diabetes mellitus with a similar age of onset, according to a study published in the December issue of Diabetes Care.
US agricultural subsidies have contributed to the rising obesity rates, according to a review published online July 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
There may be a lot more counting of calories when people buy snacks from vending machines or order food in certain restaurants under rules currently being crafted as part of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act.
Harsh physical punishment during childhood (including pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, and hitting), in the absence of more severe child maltreatment, is associated with an increased likelihood of certain physical health conditions later in life.
New guidelines recommend lifestyle modifications together with medications for children and adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus; these clinical practice guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics have been published online Jan. 28 in Pediatrics.
From 1995-1996 to 2007-2008, the rate of weight counseling provided by primary care physicians decreased significantly, even for those patients with obesity and weight-related comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension, according to research published in the February issue of Medical Care.
More Reading