Washington: Overweight and obese children eat 34 percent more calories from snacks as compared to their normal-weight siblings, even after eating a meal, a new study has found.That can be enough calories, if sustained over time, to continue excess weight gain.In a study of 47 same-sex sibling pairs, the research by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing showed that even after eating a meal they enjoyed until they were full, overweight and obese children were more prone to overeating when presented with desirable snack foods than their normal-weight siblings.The study also showed that normal-weight siblings ate less of the meal than their overweight siblings, when provided with a calorie-dense appetizer just before the meal. In comparison, overweight and obese siblings did not lessen the amount they ate at the meal enough to offset the additional calories from the appetizer.
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