A study published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics shared between the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agricultural Economics Research of Norway and the University of Santiago de Compostela reveals that American women who habitually read the nutritional labels on the food they eat, weigh almost 4 kilos less than those who do not (about 1.62 cm type woman and 74 kg in weight).
The research based on more than 25,000 surveys, analyzing consumer habits, purchasing, health indicators and frequency of reading food labels, noting that 74% of women and 58% of men read the labels .
The method followed as says Maria Loureiro, one of the authors, from the University of Santiago: “First we analyze what is the profile of the people who read nutrition labeling at the time of the purchase of food and then their relationship with the weight of individuals ”
Obesity being one of the major health problems in the U.S., this study was unable to determine the prevalence of obesity among ethnic groups: non-Hispanic blacks (49.5%), Mexican Americans (40.4% ), Hispanics (39.1%), Whites (34.3%).
Other data confirm the progressive growth of obesity in the adult population and is 37%, and 17% in children and adolescents.
It has been seen also as smokers almost not among those who read these tags, perhaps by neglecting healthy habits, and that is the urban population with high school those who read more often.