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Higher Intake of Fruit, but Not Vegetables or Fiber, at Baseline Is Associated With Lower Risk of Becoming Overweight or Obese in Middle-Aged and Older Women of Normal BMI at Baseline

Habitual consumption of fruits is associated with reduced incidence of overweight and obesity in middle-aged and elderly women.

This study examined the relationship between adequate intake of fruits and vegetables and the tendency of middle-aged and older women to shed excess weight. With the aid of validated food frequency questionnaires, researchers collected and analyzed information on the diets of 18,146 women aged 45 years and above. The body mass index (BMI) of all the participants was measured regularly throughout the course of the study. 

Researchers discovered frequent consumers of fruits exhibited a high tendency to not only lose excess pounds but also maintain a healthy weight.. This study concluded that a high fruit diet may help middle-aged and elderly women to fend off obesity.

Research Summary Information

  • 2015
  • Susanne Rautiainen, Lu Wang, I-Min Lee, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, Howard D Sesso
  • Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; and susanne.rautiainen@ki.se. Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA.
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