Nutrition news: Factors linked to long-term weight gain

Foods are not created equal when it comes to what foods are likely to pack on pounds over time, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers report. In a study published June 23, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine looking at how changes in dietary and lifestyle factors relate to long-term weight gain, the researchers found that consuming certain foods like potatoes, white rice, sugary beverages, and processed foods is associated with gradual, long-term weight gain. On the other hand, eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and yogurt generally is associated with modest weight loss over time.

Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, and lead author of the study, discusses the study findings in a radio interview posted on the The interview originally aired November 19 and 20, 2011, on WUNC FM (North Carolina Public Radio).

Listen to the podcast (Prof. Mozaffarian’s interview begins at 00:29:48)

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