Study: Chips To Blame For Yearly 1-Pound Weight Gain

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When people gain weight they usually blame some pretty predictable culprits — sweets, soda, french fries or maybe pizza.

But a new study says potato chips may be the worst offender when it comes to that creeping pound-a-year or so weight gain.

The reason? That old cliche — “you can’t eat just one.”

Researchers say people don’t just eat a chip or two, they tend to chow down on a whole bag.

In the study, people’s diets were tracked over four-year periods for 20 years.

For each four-year period, food choices contributed nearly four pounds. Exercise, for those who did it, cut less than two pounds.

Potato chips were the biggest offender leading to more than a pound and a half uptick over four years. Sweets and desserts added less than a half a pound. Soda added a pound over four years.

  • coolbreeze

    What? WHAT? This is news? Potato chips make you fat? This is NEWS? You people can’t even call this a newspaper any more…
    What next: “Rain Makes You Wet!” Get it together and do some of the “newspaper stuff”, please.

  • coolbreeze

    Suddenly I’m embarrassed to be wasting time on your website.

  • See BS

    Is corporate run media singling out companies based on Politcs again.

    Potato chips are famous for being healthy, aren’t they?

  • mark from mntaxwaste

    The only reason I come to this website is to go after liberals, after reading this story I am embarrassed

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