Snacks seem to help teens control weight

June 25, 2010 2:28:03 PM PDT
Teens who opt to graze through the day instead of eating three big meals may be less likely to be over weight or obese. That's the latest finding from a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

But it's far from the final word. It adds to a conflicting body of research on whether snacking is good or bad for the waistline.

In this study of about 5,800 teenagers, those who reported having four or more snacks a day were 60 percent less likely to have a weight issue.

But researcher say it's still not clear if grazing helps prevent weight gain or promote weight-loss long-term.