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Nov162010

Researchers: Heavy People More Sensitive to Food Smells

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- British researchers have discovered that the heavier a person, the more sensitive they are to the smell of food.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth say the relationship between weight and food smelling sensitivity might help explain why some are encouraged to eat more.

“It could be that for those people with a propensity to sort of gain weight, it's actually helping them to sustain food intake perhaps a little bit like an appetizer effect,” said team leader Dr. Lorenzo Stafford.

Stafford hopes his research may lead to new ways of thinking about and treating people with weight problems, and it may help to explain why some struggle to stay slim.

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