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Do Overweight People Eat More Than Other People?

Abstract: An overweight person may eat the same amount as a normal size person. However, he/she might be eating the wrong things. Further, if you were overweight as a child it may be that you have a large amount of small fat cells in your body that are very hard to get rid of by diet.

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Do Overweight People Eat More Than Other People?

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 10 Aug 2008.

Why am I so fat, when I do not eat more than other people? I don't think I eat more than most people so why am I so fat? Do people who are overweight eat more than others?

Answer:

Here is some information which may help you understand:

1. If you were overweight as a child it may be that you have a large amount of small fat cells in your body. They are very hard to get rid of by diet. Even if you temporarily manage to empty them, they easily fill up and you gain weight again.

2. Studies of overweight and normal weight tennis players have shown that the latter move around the court more. Can it be so that you tend to move less than those you compare yourself with? Small differences have a large effect in the long run.

3. If you eat food which gives you 100 kcal more than you need per day, your weight will increase by 50 kg in 10 years. You don't need to eat a lot more than others in order to gradually become overweight.

4. Those who are overweight often eat more fat than those who are slim. Consider a lunch where a slim person eats a very large plate of salad and you, as an overweight person only eat a few cheese sandwiches. You will have eaten far more fat producing calories, but probably think that you have eaten very little compared with the 'gluttonous' slim person.

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