Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?

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Can seeing food in your kitchen and easy serving make a difference in how much you eat? A study authored by an architect and an environmental psychologist published this month suggests that may be an unintended outcome of the popular open kitchen design in homes.

That’s important because how many calories you eat affects your weight, and that affects cancer risk.

Published in Environment and Behavior the authors looked at how much the open plan – easy to see the food and get to the buffet – affected the amount of food participants (57 university students) ate, compared to a closed plan. For one dinner they ate in the open plan, for another they ate in the closed plan. They used a university food and dining research lab and made it mimic a closed plan by putting decorative wooden screens to block the diners’ view of food. Read more… “Can your kitchen layout cut your calories and help with cancer prevention?”

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    It’s not that confusing. Diet and exercise matter for cancer prevention.

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    Not smoking will lower your risk of many cancers. Getting vaccinated will lower your risk of certain cancers. And eating a healthy diet along with exercising regularly will also lower your risk of certain cancers.

    It’s not that confusing.

    If you read a widely shared New York Times piece going around this week, you would think that you shouldn’t trust any evidence when it comes to diet and exercise and cancer risk. That’s not true.

    It’s not a single study, or even several. It’s looking at the entire body of research, systematically and thoroughly – what we do here at AICR – and what that shows is:

    The foods you eat will lower your risk because staying a healthy weight is so important for cancer prevention.

    -Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day reduces the risk of breast, endometrial and colorectal cancers. Emerging research suggests possibly more.

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      Study: Prepackaged Meals May Spur More Weight Loss

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      With many Americans trying to get to or stay a healthy weight, it’s important to find evidence-based strategies that help people lose weight not only in the short term, but that are also realistic to follow long-term to keep the weight off. That’s important for cancer prevention, because with AICR’s latest report on stomach cancer, we now know that obesity is linked to increased risk for 11 cancers, including colorectal, endometrial and kidney.

      A new study published in Obesity last week, found that in a 12-week weight loss program, people randomized to receive portion-controlled and prepackaged foods lost more weight compared to those who selected their own diet. Of the 183 participants, all overweight or obese, 139 received portion controlled, prepackaged lunch and dinner Lean Cuisine frozen entrees, and 45 selected their own foods based on the diet prescription given to both groups.

      Both groups successfully lost weight, but the group receiving preportioned foods lost more than 8% (18 lbs on average ) of their weight compared to 6% (13 lbs on average) weight loss in the control group. The prepackaged meals group also had lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides than the control group.

      Read more… “Study: Prepackaged Meals May Spur More Weight Loss”

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