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Study Finds That Women Who Read Food Labels Tend To Be Thinner

September 19, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A multinational study of women consumers finds that those who read food labels when shopping weighed nine pounds less than those who didn’t read labels. The study analyzed data from an  annual health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that collected more than 25,000 observations on health, eating and shopping habits. The study also found that women read labels more often than men; smokers in general paid even less attention to food labels. "These findings imply that health education campaigns can employ nutritional labels as one of the instruments for reducing obesity," the authors write.
Maria L. Loureiro et al., "The effects of nutritional labels on obesity", Agricultural Economics, September 19, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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