Frequent Meals May Not Add Pounds
It may seem surprising, but a study shows that children who eat more often weigh less. Researchers examined 11 studies on nearly 19,000 kids and found that those who ate more than three meals a day were 22 percent less likely to be overweight or obese than kids who ate three or fewer meals daily. The association between meal frequency and weight was strongest in boys. Though it shows an interesting link, the study doesn’t prove frequent meals maintain healthy weight. The study didn’t examine the reason behind the link or look at meal size or exercise habits. But the researchers speculate that frequent eating may affect metabolism, which keeps weight in check.
Source: Pediatrics, May 1, 2013