Obese children 'less able to taste'
Thursday 20 September 2012
Obese children have a less sensitive sense of taste than children of normal weight, researchers have claimed.
When tested on the five taste sensations, obese children aged between six and 18 could identify tastes less precisely than those of a healthy weight.
The research, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found the obese children were significantly less likely to identify the individual taste sensations correctly, particularly salty, umami, and bitter tastes.
They also classed sweet tastes as a much lower intensity than other children.
Previous research suggests that a heightened sensitivity to different tastes may help to reduce the amount of food eaten as less is required to get the same taste sensation.
The study, conducted by German researchers, examined 99 obese children and 94 of a normal weight.
The children were given "taste strips" - pieces of filter paper - which had different concentrations of the five tastes on them, plus two blank strips.
The taste strips were placed on their tongues and they were asked to identify the taste.
Girls and older children were better at picking out the right tastes, the authors found.
Life & Style blogs
iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
- 4 Miami defendant sobs in court as he realises he and the judge attended the same school
- 5 Chinese stock market has lost £1.5 trillion in the last three weeks
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are the go-to company for ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join the UK's leadin...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This caravan dealership are currently recruiti...