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A new study suggests that a key to over eating and obesity is ease of accessibility to the food. By not scattering food across the house and keeping junk food hidden, one can reduce risk of obesity.
- Quantity of Food Less Important Than Access: The study found that both obese participants and non-obese participants spent the same amount of money on food. Among the main differences was the availability. Obese participants were more likely to have food spread around their house, with snack foods more easily accessible. The constant reminder of food may be the cause of over-eating.
- Fast Food: The study also found that obese people spend more money on fast food. Alone, this may seem obvious, but in the context of the study, it isn’t necessarily the increased caloric intake from fast food, but rather the ease of availability.
- Inconclusive Causality: Whether over-eating causes change to environment or environment causes a change in eating habits is unclear, however the link still exists, and changing one might still change the other.