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Foodies don't just eat well, they live well: UBC study

Don't worry: the study found that if you enjoy food a whole heck of a lot, it doesn't mean you're at greater risk of being overweight.

Study found no link between enjoying food and being overweight

This burger looks pretty good, huh? A new study shows that foodies who appreciate meals like this are very happy people. Can you blame them? (Brandon/Flickr)

Here's some food for thought: a University of British Columbia study has found that people who enjoy food are happier, and enjoying food doesn't make you more likely to be overweight.

The study by UBC's Sauder School of Business was based on a survey of 500 participants over six months from across the U.S.

In the study, co-author Yann Cornil defined eating pleasure as being either epicurean (the full sensory experience) or visceral (satisfying an impulse).

People who were epicurean scored higher on well-being, had less interest in large servings and were equally distributed across the Body Mass Index.

"When you appreciate food aesthetics and food flavour … you tend to prefer smaller food portions," Cornil told All Points West host Robyn Burns.

"When you know very well the flavours and have a fine appreciation for food, you know it is the first few bites that provide maximum enjoyment and that eating too much will eventually decrease the pleasure of eating."

The study found no demographic indicators that suggest who is more likely to take the epicurean approach, except that women are slightly more likely to enjoy food this way.

Cornil says his findings could be useful to public health campaigns, which are often focused on rich or fatty foods as the cause of obesity and diabetes.

To hear the full interview listen to the audio labelled: If you love food, you probably love life, says UBC study


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