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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Valuable Research Results!

As I was browsing headlines this morning, this one from caught my attention:

Study: Watching Calories Takes Commitment

My first thought was "I wonder how much money was spent on this study."

Well, the article doesn't say how much money was spent, but it does say that the research consisted of a two-decade study!

That's right. Researcher Barbara Hansen of the University of South Florida, Tampa spent two decades studying monkeys in order to come to the following conclusion:

When forced to slim down by as much as 25 percent, (some monkeys) regained the weight they'd lost once caloric restrictions were lifted regardless of whether they'd been on a diet for two months or two years.
Wow! Who would have thought it? If you start eating more, you'll regain the weight you lost!

When Hansen presented her findings to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she summarized the results of her research by saying, "The price of leanness is eternal vigilance."

Just think, it only took Hansen two decades to figure this out. And because the University of South Florida is a public institution, we can all rest easy knowing that public tax dollars are being put good use gaining valuable information such as this.

posted by Bryan Alexander - 11:52 A.M.

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