Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Potato Chips Top the List of Foods that Cause Weight Gain

Loyola dietitian available to comment on correlation of certain foods and weight gain


Potato chips were found to cause the most weight gain when compared with other foods, according to a study in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. This study looked at fruits, vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, potatoes, potato chips, whole-fat dairy products, low-fat dairy products, sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets and desserts, processed meats, unprocessed red meats, fried foods and trans fat. It also evaluated the impact of other lifestyle habits such as physical activity, television watching, alcohol use, sleep duration and cigarette smoking on long-term weight gain in non-obese adults. The study looked at the independent relationships between changes in lifestyle behaviors and weight gain in four-year periods over 20 years. The average weight gain across the study groups was 3.35 pounds during a four-year period. This corresponds to a weight gain of 16.8 pounds over a period of 20 years. MEDIA: A Loyola University Health System dietitian is available to comment on this study. Interested media can call Nora Plunkett in Media Relations at (708) 417-5014.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.