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HHS HealthBeat (February 19, 2014)

Eating away the benefit

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates that, for overweight and obese people, choosing no-calorie drinks is not enough for weight control. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, researcher Sara Bleich saw signs of this in national health survey data.

Bleich says overweight and obese people who favored no-cal drinks actually got more calories from solid food than did similar people who favored sugary drinks:

“Obese adults who drank sugary beverages consumed about 1,900 calories on a typical day, as compared to obese adults who drink diet beverages, who consumed about 2,100 calories on a typical day.”

Bleich says going no-cal on drink has its place, but weight loss requires eating less, too.

The study in the American Journal of Public Health was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: February 19, 2014