Dieters are better at reading food labels
People who attend slimming groups are more likely to read and understand the nutritional information given on food compared with those who are not on a diet.
That is the conclusion of a study by Audrey Spencer from Lancaster University, who is set to present her findings today (8 May) at the British Psychological Society's annual conference.
Probably because dieters read food labels more frequently than their non-dieting counterparts, they have a better understanding of what constitutes healthy food and are more confident about making the right food choices.
The research also found that being satisfied with one's weight had a direct correlation to an overall sense of wellbeing.
Ms Spencer said: "Reading labels informs people about what is in their food and helps them to make decisions about what they will and won't eat. As a result, choosing not to eat unhealthy foods can help them to lose weight and this has an effect on their overall wellbeing."
Although dieters seem relatively well-informed about what is in their food, Ms Spencer admitted that there is still confusion among the general population over which foods are healthy. She said supermarkets adopting different labelling systems are only adding to the problem.
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