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Every year Americans spend about $60 billion trying to lose weight. Now it seems the answer could be found in man’s best friend.
Gym memberships, diet pills and new food fads are just a few of the get thin quick schemes people eat up every day. But now researchers in Hungary think they found a way to determine what makes overweight or obese people continue bad health habits.
In a recent experiment they put two bowls, one holding a healthy meal, the other empty, in front of different sized dogs. The study found that canines of a normal weight obeyed instructions to check the second bowl for food but the obese ones refused.
Researchers say they expected the overweight dogs to do anything to get food, but they did the opposite. If they cannot find food the obese dogs are unwilling to invest energy to search it out. Which can explain why people seek out fast food when hungry.
Now researchers say the dogs can be used as future models to change the psychological impact of food on humans. No gym membership needed.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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