A new study has found that contrary to the stigma, it's not that lazy people are attracted to junk food, instead it is the junk food making us lazy.
Damn you Big Mac! We knew it wasn't our fault.
Although, we could never quite put a finger on it, it is logical that putting on weight might contribute to feeling super tired and listless.
During a UCLA study, life scientists placed 32 female rats on one of two diets for 6 months. The first diet consisted of healthy foods like ground corn and fish meal.
While the second was highly processed, of lower quality and included a lot more sugar which pretty much a typical junk food diet.
After just 3 months, the scientists observed a big difference in the weight the rats had gained, with the 16 feasting on the junk food becoming bigger.
In a 30-minute exercise, the overweight rats on a junk food diet took breaks that were nearly twice as long as the healthier ones and had clearly impaired performance.
The lead scientist stated, "Overweight people often get stigmatized as lazy and lacking discipline. We interpret our results as suggesting that the idea portrayed in the media that people become fat because they are lazy is wrong."
On the study's findings, he mentioned:
"Our data suggest that diet-induced obesity is a cause, rather than an effect, of laziness. Either the highly processed diet causes fatigue or the diet causes obesity, which causes fatigue."
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